Dey was inspired to break away from her management consulting career by an entrepreneurial desire to serve as an ambassador of Indian cuisine. She achieved her goal by serving as the founder, owner, and culinary director of Vermilion restaurants in both Chicago and New York. As a woman restaurateur and female supporter, Dey co-founded the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Program (WICL)—backed by a roster of nationwide restaurateur-mentors and celebrity “Chefs for Women.” She also started the nonprofit MSEdG-
Educate Girls Globally to which all her writing proceeds go. “While I had to learn a highly challenging industry outside in, I didn’t face any handicaps as a woman,” said Dey. “But I would suggest counseling women on investing, becoming financially literate, and building strong ‘external’ (confidence, leadership, allies) skills, if they want to excel.”
For more information about Vermilion, visit thevermilionrestaurant.com.