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IACP staff and partners work from virtual offices all over North America--California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, and Toronto Canada! Consider this team your go-to resource for any questions about membership, conference, webinars, or anything else IACP-related.

Membership Services

Contact membership services if you have questions about joining, renewing, or any difficulties logging into the website.

membership@iacp.com 855-738-4227

International callers, please use Skype to reach us as our number is toll-free.

General Inquiries

Feel free to contact us with any questions, problems, concerns, updates!


IACP Staff

IACP’s Mission

To empower, educate, and engage culinary professionals around the globe.

In 1978, a group of cooking school owners and instructors, including Bill Rice and Nathalie Dupree, came together for mutual professional support. They created the IACP (formerly named the Association of Cooking Schools), and in the process, they laid a foundation for food culture in America and beyond. Early members included Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Anne Willan, among many others.

Through the decades, IACP’s membership has expanded to include writers, photographers, stylists, bloggers, marketers, nutritionists, chefs, restaurateurs, culinary tour operators, artisan food producers, and academia (and surely more). The member categories continue to grow as our dynamic industry evolves, which is a boon as the multi-disciplinary nature of our community is key to its vibrancy.

IACP is a unique community, a crossroads where members meet to share experiences and expertise, advice and support, in ways that lead to unparalleled growth and professional success.


Tanya Steel

Executive Director

Responsible for keeping IACP on-mission, overseeing all events, programs, and services.

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Merri Lee Kingsly

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development.

Responsible for creating and managing sponsorship opportunities and other strategic partnerships.

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Margaret Headshot

Margaret Crable

Director of Communications and Marketing

Responsible for communications and editorial content across multiple channels including website, publications, and social media.

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Paola Briseño Gonzalez BW

Paola Briseño González

Director of Awards and Culinary Events

Responsible for managing awards and producing IACP’s flagship tasting events.

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Member Services Partner

Provides online member sign-up and renewal services, 24/7 call center, and online and onsite event registration services.

855-738-4227 Website


Jeff Seay, Founder, Seay Accounting & Consulting, LLC

Staff Financial Advisor

Responsible for IACP's annual audit.


Charlie Jones, Marshall, Jones, & Company

Partner Bookkeeping Services

Responsible for bookkeeping and accounting, including billing, collections, payroll processing, and monthly financial reporting.