Mary Chamberlin

Mary Chamberlin is a professional chef, caterer and culinary educator based in Carmel, California, whose work embodies a lifetime passion for the world’s finest foods.

Mary attended West Valley College, College of San Mateo and the University of California, specializing in Restaurant Management & Catering. Mary then studied at Cordon Bleu and La Varenne, and became proficient in a range of cuisines, including Cantonese, European and American.

She has owned and operated Mission Gourmet Cooking School, bringing chef’s from all over the world to teach their style of cuisine. She presently teaches part time at home in her award-winning professional kitchen. The fall issue 1998 of Better Homes & Gardens (Kitchen & Bath Ideas) Magazine, featured her beautifully appointed professional kitchen along with a story on her extensive food background.

Mary‛s many titles (past and present) include Advisory Board Member of the Culinary Center of Monterey, member of the James Beard Foundation, Chair and Member of the Board of the American Institute of Wine & Food Monterey Bay Chapter, National Vice Chair of the American Institute of Wine & Food, founder of the Central Coast Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and Agent for Michel Escoffier and the Foundation Auguste Escoffier and the Escoffier Museum of Culinary Arts in Villeneuve-Loubet in the South of France.

Rachel Mueller

Rachel Mueller
Vice President, Secretary and Communications Chair

Directorships and Board Positions:
Principal of Mueller Enterprises; Vice President of LDEI Monterey Chapter; Advisory Board of The American Institute of Wine and Food; President of the Monterey Mills Club; past President and Owner of William Ernest Brown of Beverly Hills; past Chief Operating Officer of The Fields Investment Group; past Director The Whole Earth Truck Store; past Director of The Egyptian Theater.

Carol Hilburn

Carol Hilburn

Carol S. Hilburn –
         A founding member of the Les Dames Board since 2007, treasurer for more than 12 years and the attorney who incorporated the chapter and obtained its nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service, Carol Hilburn has been involved in the food and wine world since 1972, in New York. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University and attending New York University School of Law, Hilburn has been an attorney for 53 years, and early on in her career, working for a securities industry trade association as the assistant general counsel, she began to have a presence in event planning, namely upscale social events and legal training events for the board of the trade association. She continues to work in event planning, but now as a volunteer, and used to work as an in-house attorney for 7-Eleven, Inc. Outside of the food and wine world, Hilburn works in animal rescue and was a reservations agent for United Airlines in ‘67 and is a frequent viewer of television cooking shows, and she received Distinguished Honors multiple times on National Philanthropy Day. She has dinner at Patisserie Boissiere often, and loves the clam chowder there, she is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Monterey County Bar Foundation, Carmel Bach Festival chair of Musician Sponsorship program; and was formerly on the board of Monterey Museum of Art and president of Legal Services for Seniors. When asked what she likes most about her job, she says the challenging opportunities to constantly learn something new. 

Roxanne Langer

Roxanne Langer

Roxanne Langer is a sommelier, wine writer and international wine judge who has tipped her glass around the world looking for the best wines, champagnes, cognacs, and whiskeys. She has held executive positions with Napa Valley wineries, international winery associations, and a prestigious cult winery in the tawny hills of Bel Air, California.
Langer is the co-founder of LadySomm, a wine edutainment and experience company which provides wine programs to corporations, associations, universities and C-suite executives. She also owns Carmel Wine School ( and is co-author of Churchill, A Drinking Life: Champagne, Cognac and Cocktails (Skyhorse Publishing NYC).
A frequent speaker at wine festivals and aboard cruise ships, Langer is a two-time graduate of the University of the Pacific (B.A & M.A.) where she wrote her master’s thesis on wine. She attended the University of California at Davis Community Education Program in Viticulture and Enology and has studied under WSET in the UK and is a member of the American Sommelier Association in the US. Langer has traveled extensively through 40 countries focusing mainly on wine regions and has written about wine for many national wine publications.
In addition, Langer serves as Vice Enchansson for the Los Angeles Chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, is on the Monterey Chapter board for Les Dames d’Escoffier International and is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Women for WineSense (past Sacramento president), CMO Club (Chief Marketing Officers), Women of Wine, Monterey, CA.
Roxanne has two lovely daughters and resides in the tawny hills of Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Charlyne Hermes Brown

Despite a BA from Stanford in Political Science, Charlyne Hermes Brown, developed a rewarding 50+ year career in the world of Interior Design. Over the years she worked on numerous kitchen projects — specifying the design and implementation of all kitchen aspects., After moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 2002, in addition to design work, she has enjoyed a small second calling as a primate chef. Focused on feeding mostly retired clients, it is a rewarding late-life endeavor.