New York City, women at the top of the food chain

NEW YORK CITY — A group of female chefs and pastry chefs have been appointed to the city’s new food-service director position, with a mandate to make the city more welcoming for women in the restaurant industry.

The appointment of Karen O’Sullivan as director of New York’s food services was announced Friday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said in his proclamation that she will help shape a “strong, diverse and diverse city.”

O’Sullivan’s nomination was made through the New York State Council of Agriculture, a nonpartisan advisory committee.

She joins a group of more than 300 women who have been hired in the city.

New York City’s first female chief food services officer was Anita Meyers in 2013, the same year the city launched the first-ever Food Network show.

In the past, O’Neill has been a co-executive producer of the NBC comedy “New Girl.”