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Pastry chef Cynthia Wong (left) and EffinBRadio host Lindsay Collins were featured in the 'Cherry Bombe 100'
, a biannual magazine and weekly podcast that celebrates women in the food & bev industry, has just released their inaugural top 100 list
of women who "inspire us every day — with their creativity, hard work, and humanity."
Two Charleston talents made the list, Life Raft Treats' founder and five time James Beard Award semifinalist for outstanding pastry chef Cynthia Wong
and EffinBRadio podcast creator/host and industry vet Lindsay Collins.
editor Kerry Diamond writes of the list, which is the first in five years since the magazine was founded: "When we launched Cherry Bombe
five years ago, women in this industry were underrepresented in so many ways — in kitchens, at events, on best-of lists, and in the media. Today, things have changed dramatically. Women have a very real seat at the table — in many cases because they set their own table! — and they are pushing this industry to be a better, more welcoming place for all. We felt that given the state of the world — and the food world — it was the right time to celebrate those who try hard to do the right thing, every day."
The list is divided into categories including ones to watch, power chefs, tastemakers, dynamic duos, empire builders, home cook heroes, the write stuff, farm-tastic, change agents, and bakers and makers.
Just to rattle off a few of the industry all-stars on the list: Recent Beard winner Katie Button of Asheville's Curate, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, NYT
's Melissa Clark, chef Kristen Kish, and A Chef's Life
star Vivian Howard.
writes of Wong, a baker and maker: "Cynthia Wong of Life Raft Treats in Charleston has made her mark on the Southern food scene by merging her serious pastry skills with a sense of whimsy."
Collins makes the list as one to watch, "Lindsay Collins is the host of Effin B Radio, the candid and often hilarious podcast dedicated to telling the stories of those who work in the trenches of the restaurant industry ... for her sixth birthday, she asked her parents to take her to a 'fancy dinner' and has been working in the food world since she was 16."
Listen to Collins talk about her Cherry Bombe
nod and starting a charity for people to eat white truffles on Effin B
, and keep track of where Wong and Life Raft Treats
will be popping up next on Instagram, and find them at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market this Sun. Oct. 21.