The IACP debuts a new way of acknowledging outstanding culinary professionals: The IACP Trailblazer awards, in which the association honors those in the city in which we hold our annual conference
Michele Redmond, RDN and French-trained chef, teaches, speaks, writes and consults on the topics of culinary nutrition, taste literacy training and creating positive food cultures. She directs The Taste Workshop which provides culinary nutrition cooking classes, on-site worksite wellness events and taste workshops locally and internationally.
Nancy has an exuberant approach to healthy cuisine that energizes and enhances classes. A teaching chef, she has conducted classes internationally to enthusiastic acclaim, and her polished presentations are in demand in print and broadcast media, as well as by other chefs. Nancy has led her field, tagging herself as a “Healthy Chef Partyologist” years before most chefs embraced the idea that preparing glorious, healthy food could be fun. She promises a high “deliciousness” factor, and delivers! Her cookbook, “Taste and Savor: Delicious Healthy Recipes and Tasty Wine Tips,” is well known, and her blog and weekly newsletter, “The Friday Four,” have a large and expanding audience worldwide.
A Kentucky farmer for more than four decades, Wendell Berry is a champion for the American family farm and the agrarian life. Through his many writings–as well as a stubborn skepticism of modern technology and farming practices–Berry has inspired scored of food writers, food activists, and policy makers to think about the integrity of how we raise our food and use our land. Much of his philosophy is embodied in his most-quoted phrase “eating is an agricultural act.”
In 1988, long before the term farm-to-table existed, Kentucky-native Kathy Cary opened Lilly’s Bistro sourcing her ingredients from a host of neighboring farmers and growing what she couldn’t buy. Since then she has continued to champion the Louisville food scene. In the words of chef Ed Lee: “I feel like all of Louisville’s great farm to table chefs are a direct link from her.”
Mayor Greg Fischer brings to his role as city leader a deep understanding of the way food defines a sense of place. His pro-business policies and genuine support for all things local have helped create the vibrant Louisville food scene that’s receiving national acclaim and drawing tourism from around the world. Mayor Fischer also supports equal rights and respect for all the members of the community, further making Louisville a city that welcomes the world.
Edward Lee is chef/owner of two — going on three — restaurants in Louisville and two in the Washington DC area. He is a dedicated mentor to youth in Louisville, offering culinary training programs and meaningful career opportunities. His synthesis of Korean and Southern food demonstrates that regional cooking can both stay authentic and evolve, provided a key ingredient is soul.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Ronni Lundy has shared the history and culture of her region and the “hillbilly diaspora” through her work as a journalist, cookbook author, and as founding member of and editor for the Southern Foodways Alliance. She dispels stereotypes about an often misrepresented people, revealing the vibrance and diversity of the rich culture of Appalachia.
Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions such as a 2015 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded by President Barack Obama; the Out- standing American by Choice award, presented by President Obama; and the McCall-Pierpaoli humanitarian award. Andrés was also named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community and he received the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Chair’s Medallion Award.
This year’s member has been dedicated to pushing IACP’s mission and vision forward through her work as editor for the IACP Digital Media interest section newsletter as the section chair. Additionally, she organized and launched the “digital media dig-in” online seminars that allow members to learn more about what is trending in the industry.
Frieda Caplan, for bringing exotic produce to America when she opened her own company in 1962. Known as “the Queen of Kiwi” (she was the first to import kiwi fruit), she is the subject of the new movie “Fear No Fruit.”
Barbara Fairchild, for – as Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit – giving Los Angeles a much-needed national profile when major food media voices were coming almost exclusively from New York City.
Evan Kleiman, for hosting the Good Food radio show, which has been the voice of food and the intellectual center of the Los Angeles food community for the last 18 years.
Kleiman is the author of eight books on Italian food and one video app, “Easy As Pie.”
The Chino family, for creating the modern farmer-chef paradigm. When restaurants like Spago put the Chino’s extraordinary hand-raised produce on their menus in the early 80s, an entire generation learned to love vegetables.
Jonathan Gold, who has been a student of Los Angeles foodways for more than 40 years, for almost singlehandedly making the world aware of the extraordinary breadth of ethnic restaurants in his hometown.
Rick Nahmias, for raising awareness about food waste and the food insecurity that plagues an increasingly wide swath of our nation. Through his organization Food Forward, Nahmias simultaneously takes action and builds a stronger community.
Roy Choi, for pioneering the food cart movement, celebrating Korean cooking, and then using his national celebrity to open Loco’L, a healthy fast food restaurant in the most underserved food district in the city.
Noritoshi Kanai, for bringing sushi to Los Angeles, through stubborn persistence and a faith that Americans would eventually embrace a dish that was unlike anything in the country’s cuisine.
Nancy Silverton, for kickstarting the artisan bread movement in Los Angeles. When La Brea Bakery opened in 1986, she brought manna to the bread desert and sparked the nationwide renaissance of artisan baking.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show. Lynne is a respected authority on food, having published multiple bestselling books: The Splendid Table; The Italian Country Table; a series of quarterly e-books, Eating In with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, as well as the best-selling The Splendid Table’s How To Eat Supper, How To Eat Weekends and A Summertime Grilling Guide, which were co-authored with founding producer Sally Swift. The Splendid Table can be heard on more than 400 public radio stations nationwide.
Margaret hosts Kitchen Chat, a podcast and syndicated radio show as a way to honor her late father who was an incredible gourmet home chef. Margaret interviews top chefs, foodies, restaurateurs and cookbook authors to bring you delicious recipes, tips and trends in the culinary world. Please join Margaret on her delicious journey. Savor the day!