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

Award Winner Year

Trailblazer Honoree


Jessamyn Rodriguez

Founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen

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David Wondrich

Senior Drinks Columnist, The Daily Beast, James Beard Award-winning Author, Cocktail Historian

marcus samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson

Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author

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Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University


Florence Fabricant

Food and Wine Writer, The New York Times


Ariane Daguin

Founder, Owner and CEO of D’Artagnan

IACP Member of the Year


Michele Redmond/ Co-Chair, Cooking Schools and Teachers Interest Section

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & French-trained chef

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.

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Nancy Waldeck/ Co-Chair, Cooking Schools and Teachers Interest Section

Healthy Chef Partyologist

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.