Meet the inaugural IACP Conference Scholarship recipients! In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we awarded 15 scholarships to emerging and mid-career professionals under the age of 40. Our recipients include writers, chefs, photographers, dietitians, bloggers, editors, recipe developers, and more. They hail from all around the world, from Alaska to Michigan to Sri Lanka. Each brings a unique and compelling perspective to their work and is engaged in projects we think will make an impact on our industry. We’re honored to have them join us at conference. If you’re planning to attend 2018 IACP Conference, make sure to reach out and say hello. You can find them in the IACP member directory.
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Vidya Balachander is an Indian food and travel journalist, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Formerly the features editor of BBC Good Food’s Indian edition, published in Mumbai, her writing has appeared in publications such as Saveur, CNN’s Parts Unknown, NPR’s The Salt, Roads & Kingdoms, National Geographic Traveller and others. Her food writing explores the intersection of food, culture and anthropology — and uses food as a lens to understand politics, nationhood, communities and identity.
Abra Berens strives to make simple, delicious food that celebrates the Midwest. She believes that the meals we eat should change with the seasons and that their ingredients should come from nearby. She has been cooking since 2006 from the storied Zingerman’s Deli to chef driven restaurants in Chicago and London. In 2017, she left her position as Executive Chef at Local Foods to join the Granor team. As the chef at Granor Farm, Abra combines her love of Michigan, cooking vegetables just-pulled from the ground, and sharing them with others around one big table.
Jackie Bryant is a freelance writer based in San Diego. She started writing around two years ago after escaping a near-decade working in finance. Her favorite writing is the kind that focuses on the intersection of food, culture and politics and she has a special love for wine, spirits, Latin America and Catalonia. Aside from being one of the regular contributors for Eater San Diego, she has been published in/at Afar, Roads & Kingdoms, Civil Eats, Mic, New Worlder, Munchies, American Way, KCET Los Angeles, Edible San Diego, San Diego Magazine and Life & Thyme, among others.
Jenny Dorsey | New York, NY
Jenny is a professional chef and artist based in NYC. She specializes in fusing culinary arts with social concepts and emerging technology, especially AR/VR. She runs an experimental popup series named Wednesdays and is starting a culinary production studio named Studio ATAO. Her work can be found in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Business Insider, Thrillist and Bustle as well as on Food Network and Oxygen TV.
Reem Kassis was born in Jerusalem to a Palestinian family revered for its cooks. Growing up, she spent days in her grandmothers’, mother’s, and aunts’ kitchens observing and soaking up everything there was to know about Palestinian cooking. A graduate of The Wharton School and the LSE, Reem is a social psychologist and business consultant by training. At heart, however, she is a cook and a writer. Today she is using the power of food, family, and storytelling to preserve the rich culinary traditions of Palestinians and share them with the world. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. Her first book The Palestinian Table was named one of NPR’s best books of 2017 and has been featured in numerous outlets including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Saveur, food52, Travel + Lesiure, and HuffPost.
Rachel Rappaport started her popular and award-winning recipe blog Coconut & Lime in the dark ages–2004– and has been active in the food industry ever since. She is also the author of several cookbooks and develops recipes for corporate clients regularly. Rachel lives in her beloved hometown of Baltimore, Md with her husband and two small dogs.
Jessica Stugelmayer is the senior digital content editor at Edible Alaska and a producer for the Women on Deadline podcast. A multimedia journalist and editor based in Anchorage, she is a co-creator of the “Harvesting Alaska” series, a 2017 James Beard Foundation award-winning TV segment. Stugelmayer has also been a restaurant critic, a marketing copywriter, a drive-time radio news anchor and a general assignment reporter. In her free time, she enjoys getting lost in the woods, experimenting in the kitchen and attempting to sample every kind of gin ever made.
Dora Stone is the founder, recipe developer, and photographer at Dora’s Table and Mi Mero Mole (Spanish), a vegan Mexican recipe blog. Born and raised in Mexico and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she adopted a vegan diet to take control of her health. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle, while preserving the beauty and richness of the different regional cuisines of Mexico and what they represent. She is also the self-published author of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: A step by step guide to savory and sweet tamales.
Registered Dietitian Mary Alice Shreve specializes in promoting well-balanced, wholesome meals, as well as the importance of consuming fresh, local ingredients. Mary Alice holds her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama where she completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and is currently pursuing her Master of Health Science with a focus in Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Naomi Tomky | Seattle, WA
Naomi Tomky is the world’s most enthusiastic eater of everything. She writes about food, travel, and her hometown of Seattle for publications including Saveur, Vogue, The Kitchn, CNN and many more. She has contributed to multiple books including Fodor’s Seattle and Lucky Peach’s All About Eggs. She won the Association of Food Journalist’s 2016 “Best Food and Travel Writing” award and was included in Best Food Writing 2017. Find more from Naomi: naomitomky.com, @gastrognome on Twitter, or @the_gastrognome on Instagram.