Professor Patricia Batholomew

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Professor Patricia Batholomew

When she was named Scholar on Campus in spring 2000, Patricia Bartholomew had served for nine years as chair of City Tech's award-winning Department of Hospitality Management and had been a faculty member for 14 years. She received her baccalaureate degree in communications and culinary arts from The City University of New York and her master's and PhD from New York University's Department of Nutrition & Food Studies.

In her spring 2000 Scholar on Campus Lecture, "The Delicious Revolution," Bartholomew spoke of the career advances made by women in recent years throughout the burgeoning foodservice industry. "Not only are what and where we eat changing dramatically," she told her audience, "but the person doing the cooking is changing as well. Beginning in the 1970s, a number of women began to seek training and positions as cooks and chefs in fine dining restaurants. These women have changed more than the demographics of two and three star kitchens. Some have established kitchens where creativity is a collective noun, while others have designed menus reflective of their values. This creativity has caused changes that include a fusion between home and restaurant cooking that has helped to produce 'the delicious revolution."

Earlier in her career, Bartholomew was a cook and later a chef at several prominent New York City restaurants, hotels and executive dining rooms, including the Waldorf=Astoria, Ruskay's, The Front Porch, and Paribus Investment Bank. She also served as food editor and test kitchen director for Restaurant Business magazine before beginning her teaching career at The New School in Manhattan. Over the years that followed, she taught culinary and management courses at New York University and Westchester Community College of The State University of New York. Bartholomew joined the instructional staff at City Tech in 1986.

Bartholomew was named "Pacesetter" for leadership and excellence in culinary education by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice at the 1994 National Restaurant Show in Chicago. In 2001, while serving as acting dean of City Tech's School of Professional Studies, she was honored by the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its annual salute to Women History Makers.

She is a dynamic public speaker and has participated in scores of academic and professional association presentations over the years. In 2002, she discussed "The Dream Kitchen" as a panel member of a CUNY Graduate Center Public Programs presentation, "Conversations Around the Table: An Evening of Food, Women and Culture." Her views on the unique barriers faced by women chefs in the fine-dining field have been widely reported in the national and international print and broadcast media.

Bartholomew serves on the board of directors and executive committee of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, the board of advisors for the Healing Kitchen website at, and the advisory council of Brooklyn's Kitchen, a Chamber of Commerce program. She has been a board member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, New York, and chaired its scholarship committee.

More recently, Bartholomew received a Best Paper Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (CHRIE) for a research-based study, "The Impact of 9/11 Terrorism on the New York City Restaurant Industry: Strategic Responses for Survival," co-authored with Claudia G. Green (Pace University) and Suzanne Murrmann (Virginia Tech).

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