IACP Announces Award Entries Open, Plus Changes to Awards

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We’re excited to announce that the 2019 IACP Awards are officially open for submissions. With our new awards season upon us, we’ve listened to our members’ feedback and have been working to enact significant changes to all of the awards, processes, fees, and judging. Our goals in this work have been to greatly increase the transparency and fairness of our awards, the diversity of our judges and award recipients, and to improve accessibility to our awards program.

The following changes have been implemented with the guidance of our newly formed IACP Awards Advisory Committee. This committee has been tasked with evaluating our awards programs for transparency, fairness, consistency, and their effectiveness at honoring the full spectrum of the culinary community. The committee will continue their work through 2019 to provide even more improvements to our awards in future. The members of our advisory committee are:

Julia Bainbridge

Writer, former editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Yahoo, and Atlanta magazine, and host of The Lonely Hour podcast

Dianne Jacob
Full-time writing coach at Will Write for Food, author, and freelance editor

Duy Linh Tu
Professor of journalism at Columbia University and a leading multimedia journalist and video storyteller

 Tracey Seaman 
Recipe developer and cookbook author who has worked at Food & WineEveryday with
Rachael Ray
, and many other publications

Andrea Nguyen
A Vietnamese-born, American teacher, food writer, cookbook author and chef living in the San Francisco area

Annelies Zjiderveld
Associate editor of Poetry International. Cookbook author and food writer

Here are the changes we are implementing for the 2019 Awards:

  • We have instituted a new rule across all awards programs: No one from the IACP board or staff nor IACP freelancers or sponsors, nor their immediate families, can enter or vote on the awards, nor know who the finalists or winners are in advance, with the exception of the IACP awards liaison. The IACP awards liaison cannot enter or vote on the awards, but will know the finalists and winners in advance to ensure the proper announcement of the finalists and winners.
  • Starting today, November 1st, we’re offering several weeks of free entries for the Digital Media, Food Photography & Styling, and Food Writing Awards. Enter these awards at no cost between November 1st and November 19th.
  • Self-published books can be entered into any category of the IACP Cookbook Awards at no charge during the entire entry period. We’ve also reduced the entry fee for the Cookbook Awards.
  • We will be opening up applications for awards judges to non-members. Our aim is to form diverse judging committees that can bring a fresh and more well-rounded perspective to our awards. The call for judges will launch soon and we encourage anyone interested in judging to apply.
  • A portion of the proceeds from the IACP Awards will be donated to a local charity in Santa Fe, NM, the site of our 2019 conference. We will be announcing several contenders for this donation and asking IACP members to vote on which nonprofit should receive the donation.

We would also like to introduce our new IACP awards liaison, Director of Awards and Culinary Events, Paola Briseño González. She is responsible for managing awards and producing IACP’s flagship tasting events. Questions about awards can be directed to paola@iacp.com.

To find out more about our awards, please use the links below. If you have feedback or questions about these changes please contact IACP Executive Director Tanya Steel at tanya@iacp.com.

Cookbook Awards Digital Media Awards | Food Photography and Styling Awards Food Writing Awards


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