Winners Were Announced on October 23, 2021 at the 43rd International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama

On Saturday October 23, 2021, the International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of the prestigious IACP awards presented by Protective Insurance Company at its annual conference in Birmingham, AL. This year’s conference featured events and programming on the campus of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and The Market at Pepper Place.

The Executive Awards Committee and Subcommittees led by IACP’s former co-director, Paola Briseño-González, updated policies and procedures this year to continue to enhance the rigor of the awards program and maintain its position as one of the most prestigious in the industry. These changes included increasing transparent processes and stringent ethical rules. The organization also continued efforts to make the awards more accessible by offering a free entry period for digital categories, food writing, food photography and styling, as well as reduced entry fees in the cookbook award program.

The IACP Awards continued its partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts to provide free entries into the IACP Julia Child First Book Award and award $5,000 to the author of a first cookbook. Our hope is that these efforts make the awards more accessible, and increase the diversity of the pool of candidates.

This year, IACP launched a new award category: best newsletter in the digital media award program led by chair Meesha Halm. The organization also updated the Narrative Beverage and Narrative Food Writing categories in the food writing award program chaired by food critic Patric Kuh. The food photography and styling program was overseen by an impressive group of judges led by acclaimed food photographer Con Poulos. The cookbook category was chaired by Chandra Ram who oversaw submissions in fifteen different categories from an incredibly diverse group of cookbook authors. Chandra was helped by her dedicated team of Super Judges, Hal B. Klein, Jacqui Pressinger, Julia Skinner, Cheryl Slocum, and Stephanie Swane.

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Mosquito Supper Club

Melissa Martin, Author

Judy Pray, Editor

Artisan Books

Baking Sweet & Savory, Confections and Desserts

Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings

Yossy Arefi, Author

Jennifer Sit, Editor

Clarkson Potter

Chefs & Restaurants


Ravinder Bhogal, Author

Rowan Yapp, Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing

Children, Youth & Family

How to Cook: Building Blocks and 100 Simple Recipes for a Lifetime of Meals

Hugh Acheson, Author

Francis Lam, Editor

Clarkson Potter

Culinary Travel

Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India

Maneet Chauhan; Jody Eddy, Authors

Raquel Pelzel, Editor

Clarkson Potter

Food Issues & Matters

The Ethical Meat Handbook, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: From sourcing to butchery, mindful meat eating for the modern omnivore

Meredith Leigh, Author

New Society Publishers

Food Photography & Styling


Sami Tamimi; Tara Wigley, Authors

Jenny Zarins, Photographer

Lorena Jones, Editor

Ten Speed Press


Meat Illustrated A Foolproof Guide to Understanding and Cooking with Cuts of All Kinds

America’s Test Kitchen, Authors

America’s Test Kitchen, Editors

America’s Test Kitchen

Health & Nutrition

The Complete Plant Based Cookbook- 500 Inspired, Flexible Recipes for Eating Well Without Meat

America’s Test Kitchen, Authors

The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

America’s Test Kitchen


Kiin: Recipes and Stories from Northern Thailand

Nuit Regular, Author

Andrea Magyar, Editor

Penguin Canada

Literary or Historical Food Writing

The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

Stephen Heyman, Author

Alane Mason, Editor

W. Norton & Company


CO Specs: Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails

Cas Oh, Author

Sophie Cross, Editor

Cazerac Ltd

Single Subject

Foolproof Fish Modern Recipes for Everyone, Everywhere

America’s Test Kitchen, Authors

America’s Test Kitchen, Editors

America’s Test Kitchen

Wine, Beer or Spirits

Spirits of Latin America A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond

Ivy Mix, Author

Dervla Kelly, Editor

Ten Speed Press

The IACP Julia Child First Book Award, Presented By The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

Claire Saffitz, Author

Raquel Pelzel, Editor

Clarkson Potter

Cookbook of The Year

Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou

Melissa Martin, Author

Judy Pray, Editor

Artisan Books


Corporate Instagram Account

Milk Street Kitchen

Christopher Kimball, Alison Spiegel


Individual Instagram Account

Anna Voloshyna


Corporate Online Video Series

Food52 / Bake It Up a Notch with Erin McDowell

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Gabriella Mangino (Director / Executive Producer), Fakiri Malik (DP), Josh Dion (Editor)

Individual Online Video Series

Jacques Pépin Cooking at Home

Jacques Pépin / Jacques Pépin Foundation, Creator

Claudine Pépin, Producer


Individual Food Blog


Sean Bromilow


The Global Carinderia

Jennifer Fergesen


Newsletter* New award category

Voraciously’s Essential Cookbooks

Charlotte Druckman with Matt Brooks and Amanda Soto

The Washington Post

Podcast Series


Bridget Lancaster and Kaitlin Keleher

America’s Test Kitchen

Radio Show

The Splendid Table

Francis Lam, Host

Sally Swift, Managing Producer and Co-creator

American Public Media

Culinary Television Series

Food52 / Sweet Heat with Rick Martinez

Rick Martinez (Host), Gabriella Mangino (Director/EP), Wonbo Woo (Director), Faki Malik (DP), Josh Dion (Editor), Misael (Camera)

Culinary Recipe Website

King Arthur Baking Company Recipe Site

King Arthur Recipe Team



Beverage-Focused Column


Carrie Allan

The Washington Post

Recipe-Focused Column

Know Your Chicken

Cathy Erway


Culinary Travel Writing

Unearthing Oregon’s Hidden Bounty

Rowan Jacobsen


Food Section of a Magazine, Circulation Over 500,000

Mediterranean, Simplify Your Life, and 30th Anniversary

Jessie Price, Editor-in-Chief

Eating Well

Narrative Beverage Writing With Recipes

This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too

M. Carrie Allan

The Washington Post

Narrative Beverage Writing Without Recipes

Montana’s Great Lost Barman

Robert Simonson


Narrative Food Writing With Recipes

The Secret Society of Marmalade Makers

Leslie Pariseau


Narrative Food Writing Without Recipes

Palestine and the West Bank Agricultural Struggle

Marianne Dhenin

Life & Thyme

Personal Essays/Memoir Writing

How I learned to stop worrying and love my Asian Glow

Lucas Kwan Peterson

Los Angeles Times

Restaurant Criticism/Review

Reviews by Bill Addison

Bill Addison

Los Angeles Times


Best Commercial Food or Beverage Photograph

Tea Infuser

Amy Roth, Photographer

Greenwood Lake Roasters

Best Editorial/Personal Food Photograph

Oyster Mushrooms

Mark Boughton, Photographer

Food As Art

Sardines Party

Yessica Duque, Photographer

Best Food Styling in an Editorial/Personal Food Photograph

Epic Mashed Potatoes

Kelsey Bulat, Stylist

Allrecipes Magazine

Best Food Styling in a Commercial Food Photograph

Bagel Time

Mai Takenaka, Stylist

Peanut Butter & Co.


Liz Neily, Stylist

King Arthur Baking Company Catalog


Cleora’s Kitchens: The Memoir of a Cook and Eight Decades of Great American Food

Cleora Butler

Council Oak Books


Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking

Jessica Harris

Simon & Schuster


The Settlement Cook Book

Mrs. Simon Kander, (Lizzie Black Kander), editor

The Settlement Cook Book Co.

1901 (and thirty-nine subsequent editions)


The recipients of the trailblazer awards are chosen for their passion and impact in the food community. This award is intended to acknowledge those individuals who have shaped the culinary world.

Greg and Subrina Collier, Bayhaven Food & Wine Festival

Davena and Nick Jernigan, Montgomery Super Suppers

Amanda Storey, Jones Valley Teaching Farm


Jennifer Clair

Sheila Crye

C.C. Fridlin

Sandra Gutierrez

Jessica van Dop DeJesus


The IACP Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has spent their career in service to enrich the culinary world.

Grace Young