Announcing IACP’s New Executive Director: Tanya Steel

It is with great excitement that I can announce that Tanya Steel has been chosen to lead the organization as Executive Director. Tanya brings a wealth of experience, a vibrant background in culinary media, and a depth of insight about the organization. Many of you may know Tanya from her work with Epicurious or Bon Appetit and her full background follows below.

The Board undertook an exhaustive and detailed search for this position. I want to once again thank everyone who applied. Tanya was selected from a very competitive group. I’m excited by many of the potential new ideas that Tanya is bringing to the table. Coming off of IACP40, I believe that Tanya’s fresh perspective and strong leadership will be crucial to ensuring the organization can grow and thrive in the years ahead.

I’m sure many of you will have the opportunity to meet Tanya personally in the weeks ahead. If you would like to reach out to her directly, her new email address is We’ll also be hosting a business meeting webinar later in October (details TBA) to introduce Tanya more fully and talk about plans for the upcoming 2019 conference in Santa Fe, which will be here before we know it.

I look forward to working closely with Tanya to ensure the longevity of the organization. I hope you’ll join me in giving her a warm welcome to IACP!

Adam Salomone |
Chairman of the Board
The International Association of Culinary Professionals

Introducing Tanya Steel

Tanya Steel is the Executive Director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. As a global leader in the food, health and wellness worlds, she was CEO of Tanya Wenman Steel LLC & Cooking Up Big Dreams LLC, consulting on multi-platform media initiatives that focus on culinary and wellness platforms.

Prior to lending expertise to a variety of brands, she conceived of Canada’s Kid Food Nation, and the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with First Lady Michelle Obama, an annual national recipe competition and event at the White House from 2012 to 2016.

She’s also the Award Director for the Julia Child Award, an oversight role, and is a best-selling cookbook author. Her third book, Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What And Why Through the Ages, was published by National Geographic Kids in September, 2018. Prior to this, she was the Editorial Director of Clean Plates, and for nine years was Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Director of Epicurious, which she, with many talented colleagues, turned into the most award-winning digital lifestyle food brand on the web; after stepping down she served as Special Project Contributor. Under her tenure, Epicurious won 3 ASMEs, including one for General Excellence, 2 James Beards, 11 Webbys, 1 New York Emmy, and dozens more award. She also helmed the creation and development of the most award-winning food app.

In 2011, Steel was also appointed E.I.C of the Gourmet brand– and Gourmet Live, which was awarded MIN’s Digital Magazine of the Year. She was inducted into MIN’s Digital Hall of Fame; won a personal James Beard’s writer’s award for Magazine Restaurant Review, 2003; and a World Gourmand Cookbook Award for Children, 2009, for Real Food for Healthy Kids. She was a Senior Editor at Bon Appétit, managing the New York office for a decade; and also an editor at Food & Wine and Mademoiselle; she wrote for many publications, including The New York Times from 1994 to 1998.

In 2008, Ms. Steel coauthored the award-winning Real Food for Healthy Kids. Her second book, The Epicurious Cookbook debuted on The New York Times’ best-seller list in November 2012.

In 2011, with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, the White House, Epicurious, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education, Steel created and helped produce The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner,” a national recipe contest with winners attending a special event at the White House in August of 2012. More than 1,500 news outlets carried coverage of the event where Steel delivered her remarks in the East Room before Mrs. Obama and President Obama took the stage. Kids’ State Dinners were held every year through 2016. Each garnered more than 1 billion press impressions in the subsequent 48 hours. Ms. Steel was honored to speak at four of the five White House events in the East Room.

She is on the advisory board for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters; is a member of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Kitchen Cabinet; and an avid supporter of Feeding America. She worked closely with the Food Bank of Delaware and 9-year-old Braeden Mannering to create a hunger conference for and with kids—the first of its kind.

Ms. Steel has appeared on national news and entertainment programs for two decades, including more than 20 times on the Today Show, Good Morning America, nearly a dozen times on The Early Show, twice on Dr. Oz, CNN, Fox & Friends, five times on Hell’s Kitchen, twice on MasterChef, as well as Iron Chef and Access Hollywood. She was the host of ABC News’ Chef’s Table show. She has identical twin sons and lives in New York.

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