Just joined IACP and not sure where to start?  Curious which IACP members live near you? The IACP Welcome Crew, a group of experienced IACP members, are here to guide you! Feel free to reach out to someone on the crew for a little bit of mentorship and advice in their areas of expertise as you begin your IACP journey.


Rebecca Ayers

Saint Paul, MN
Test Kitchen Product Specialist for Land O’Lakes
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Rebecca’s journey into the food world was a little different than that of her coworkers. She didn’t grow up in her grandmother’s kitchen and there was no secret spaghetti sauce recipe. Her mother, who owned a home daycare center, needed to prepare large quantities of kid-friendly food as quickly as possible.

It wasn’t until her teen years that Rebecca discovered the joys of cooking and baking from scratch. Since then, she’s been unstoppable; gaining experience as a cake decorator, caterer, line cook and deli manager. She even spent some time on a competitive cooking team! Rebecca combined her love of food and learning by pursuing a degree in food systems, concentrating her studies on food communications and journalism. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking with friends.

Her kitchen philosophy is that everything should be enjoyed in moderation and that you should always play with your food.

Ask her about: Recipe testing, recipe development, product development, test kitchen questions.

 Sara Bir

Marietta, OH
IACP member since 2013
Food writer
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Sara dropped out of Ohio State University in 1995 and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1999. Her past employers include Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, and a sausage cart. Sara has written for the North Bay Bohemian, The Oregonian, Saveur, Mix, The Huffington Post, Section M, and Full Grown People. After stints in California and Oregon, Sara moved back to her home state of Ohio, where she teaches, writes, and cooks.
Ask her about: Food writing, editing, publishing, navigating the media landscape, recipe development.


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Margaret Bradley-Foley

Santa Rosa, CA
IACP member since 2003
Owner, Petrichor Vineyards
Past IACP Board Chair
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Margaret is the co-founder, grower, and producer of Petrichor Vineyards estate winery located in Sonoma County’s newest AVA, Fountaingrove District. Petrichor wines are represented in many Michelin starred restaurants across the country as well as fine retail establishments. Previously, Margaret worked for Safeway Inc. in brand development, strategy, and marketing communications in its Corporate Brands department creating and establishing new brands within its portfolio. She was the marketing director at Qantas Airways for North and South America and began her career in San Francisco at Darcy Masius Benton & Bowles and Foote Cone & Belding back in the dinosaur days of advertising and marketing.

Ask her about: Communications and marketing strategy, partnering with IACP.

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Judith Dern

Seattle, WA
Senior Communications Manager at Allrecipes
IACP Board Member
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Judith is Senior Communications Manager/Brand Marketing, at Allrecipes.com, the world’s largest digital food brand based in Seattle, where she monitors consumer food trends, writes the Measuring Cup Trend Report, and posts weekly on the Allrecipes corporate blog. She also was with Allrecipes’ in-house PR team,  managed the digital eCookbooks project, and was part of the marketing team for Allrecipes’ International sites.

A public relations professional specializing in food products marketing, Judith is also a published author with three cookbooks to her credit, including her most recent, The Food and Cooking of Scandinavia: Sweden, Norway & Denmark (2011, Lorenz Publishing), which was included in NPR’s list of Best 2012 Cookbooks. As an independent writer, she has ghostwritten 10 additional cookbooks, plus written numerous national and regional articles, marketing materials and website copy about food, Scandinavia, and textiles. Having lived in Finland for a year after college to study textiles, and promoted Norway sardines for seven years, she is passionate about all things Scandinavian.

Ask her about: Food trends, communications strategy, cookbook writing and publishing, eCookbooks, food writing, and Scandinavia.



Darra Goldstein

Williamstown, MA
IACP member since 1995
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Darra is the Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Cured, a new magazine on the art and science of fermentation. She has published widely on literature, culture, art, and cuisine and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, both at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

She is also the author of five cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (nominated for a Tastemaker Award), The Georgian Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The Winter Vegetarian, Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (IACP award finalist), and Fire + Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking (finalist for both IACP  and James Beard Foundation Awards). Goldstein is the Series Editor of California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press).  The 900-page Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (James Beard Foundation Award finalist), for which she served as Editor in Chief, appeared in May 2015.

Ask her about: Food writing, food history, cookbook writing, editing, publishing.


Jill Hough

Napa, CA
Food writer
IACP member since 2000
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Jill’s cookbooks include 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love and 100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love. Other projects include co-authoring  The Clean Plates Cookbook and developing the recipes for Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, a New York Times best seller.

Her writing and recipes have been published in magazines including Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Napa Sonoma, Clean Eating, and Fine Cooking, where she’s the drinks editor. Jill also creates recipes for brands and commodity boards, including the National Pork Board, the California Milk Advisory Board, California Sweetpotatoes, Lindsay Olives, Annie’s Homegrown, Circulon, Anolon, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Grgich Hills Estate. She works with many of those same brands as a food photographer, and teaches cooking classes around the San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Ask her about: Food and wine writing, wine pairing, cookbook writing, working with publications, recipe development, working with brands, food photography.

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David Joachim

Center Valley, PA
Cookbook author, co-owner of Chef Salt
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David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks, including four grilling cookbooks. His A Man, A Can, A Plan series of books has sold more than 1 million copies. His latest books are Williams-Sonoma Grill School and the James Beard Award-nominated Mastering Pasta written with award-winning chef Marc Vetri. His Food Science column has appeared in Fine Cooking magazine since 2011 and he co-owns Chef Salt, a line of artisanal seasonings that feature unrefined salts from around the world. His favorite cooking tool is a leaf blower.

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Glenn Mack

Bentonville, AR
IACP member since 1996
Executive Director, Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food at NW Arkansas Community College
2016/17 IACP Board Chair-Elect
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Glenn is currently the Executive Director of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food at NW Arkansas Community College. He was previously the Dean of SunRice Global Academy in Singapore, and the Market President of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Ask him about: Cooking schools, event management, organizational development.


Domenica Marchetti

Alexandria, VA
IACP Member since 2004
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Domenica is the author of seven books on Italian cooking including Preserving ItalyCiao Biscotti, and The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. Her articles on Italian home cooking have been widely published in national publications including Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Food and Wine, Health, the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post; and online at Leite’s Culinaria, NPR Kitchen Window, and Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn. She is also the co-founder of American Food Roots, an online publication that tells America’s food stories and explores why we eat what we eat.

Ask her about: Cookbook writing and editing, food writing, Italian cuisine, American food history, connecting to the publishing world.


 Terry Pranses

New Jersey/New York, NY
President, Pranses Research Services
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Terry is a marketing researcher with 20+ years of conducting focus groups, in-depth interviews and surveys. In the food and beverage world he’s studied name, packaging, and advertising options along with retail and distribution dynamics.

Ask him about: Product research, messaging and branding, consumer trends.


Amy Reiley

Los Angeles, CA
Food writer
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Amy’s been called the “leading authority on aphrodisiac foods”. She was the second American to earn a Master’s Degree in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu, focusing her dissertation on the relationship between food and sex in American pop culture. She went on to found EatSomethingSexy.com and has written four cookbooks on the topic. In 2006 she founded the boutique cookbook publishing company Life of Reiley. Their titles include two award-winners and one title that has remained an Amazon best seller for five years.

Adam Salomone

San Francisco, CA
IACP member since 2008
Acquisitions consultant for Quarto Publishing Group USA
Incoming 2017/18 IACP Board Chair-Elect
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Adam Salomone is an acquisitions consultant for Quarto Publishing Group USA. Formerly, he was the Associate Publisher of Harvard Common Press, prior to the company’s acquisition by Quarto. He is also co-founder of The Food Loft and Food Loft Ventures, an innovative company focused on mentoring and investing in food and foodtech startups.

Ask him about: Publishing, food + tech, food start-ups.


Nancy Waldeck

Atlanta, GA
IACP Member since 2006
Chair of the IACP Cooking Schools and Teacher’s Interest Section
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Nancy Waldeck’s exuberant approach to healthy cuisine and fun wine leads her to deliver over 100 classes a year in interesting locations – from an United States embassy to corporate offices like Google, Southern Company, and Norfolk Southern, from hospital wellness centers to a twice-a-month healthy cooking segment for NBC’s Atlanta and Company, from farmers markets to international conferences from 10 to 1000.

Nancy loves to travel and nothing makes her happier than sharing the treasures of her explorations with others, so she hosts carefully curated wine and culinary trips around the world for small groups of curious guests. She believes cooking and traveling are two of the most rewarding (and fun!) things in life and her classes and events use food and wine to learn more about the world. At the intersection of cuisine and travel is where her expertise and passion meet, connect and result in fascinating and informative classes and tours.

Ask her about: Conducting cooking classes, starting and leading culinary tours, teaching cooking to corporate clients, connecting with the IACP Cooking Schools and Teachers Interest Section.