2018 IACP Awards Finalists Announced

New York, NY (February 7, 2017) — The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the finalists for their prestigious 2018 IACP Awards at a reception on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Green Lady, New York City’s newest premier nightlife destination, located in Chinatown’s Hotel 50 Bowery.

A complete list of award finalists can be found here.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, IACP’s awards program recognizes original creative work conducted by leaders in the global culinary communications field. Award categories include Cookbooks, Digital Media, Food Photography & Styling, and Food Writing.

New this year, the Cookbook Awards, presented by Cuisinart, welcome an exciting new collaboration with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. The 2018 IACP Julia Child First Book Award is now accompanied by a $5,000 professional development grant provided by the Foundation.

The finalist reception included an array of passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Rice & Gold. Both Green Lady and Rice & Gold are operated by Chef Dale Talde and Three Kings Restaurant Group. A selection of wines were provided by VOS Selections, and House Spirits Distillery served two signature cocktails for the reception featuring Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and Casa Magdalena Rum.

IACP award finalists are chosen through an intense judging process. Cookbook Award judges (48 in total) include editors, authors, journalists, and culinary educators who have not published a culinary book during the current awards year. Food Writing Award judges (24 in total) include journalists, educators, food columnists and editors that judge food writing, whether published online or in print. Digital Media Award judges (30 in total) include culinary producers & marketers, educators, and bloggers. Food Photography & Styling Awards judges (12 in total) include food photographers, stylists, educators and digital marketers.

This announcement includes finalists for the following:

  • Cookbook Awards: The gold standard among cookbook awards, IACP’s Cookbook Awards have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the public’s awareness of culinary literature. These awards are sponsored by Cuisinart.
  • Digital Media Awards: Honoring excellence and trendsetters in traditional and emerging communications technologies, the Digital Media Awards include culinary blogs, video, audio, social media platforms, and other digital forms.
  • Food Photography & Styling Awards: The IACP Food Photography & Styling Awards are designed to recognize excellence in food photography and food styling in both commercial and editorial realms.
  • Food Writing Awards: The Food Writing Awards were first presented in 1991 to honor excellence in food journalism. The awards were formerly named after Bert Greene (1923-1988), a nationally renowned cooking teacher, cookbook author, and syndicated food columnist.

The winners of the 2018 IACP Award will be announced on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Hilton Midtown starting at 6:30pm EST. The awards ceremony will take place on the final night of IACP’s 40th annual conference and will be hosted by Gail Simmons, Food & Wine’s Special Projects Director, judge on BRAVO’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef, and author of the recently published Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating (2018; Grand Central Life & Style). Winners will be live-tweeted from the ceremony. For information about the conference, including session topics and speakers, as well as registration information, click here.

 About IACP

Founded in 1978, IACP connects culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed. IACP boasts members from more than two dozen countries and serves as the leading forum for professionals involved in communication around the food industry. The only culinary organization of its kind, IACP is a crossroads where everyone can meet to share experiences and expertise, in ways that lead to unparalleled growth and learning.

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