Join the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Trust

The Culinary Trust is calling for applications to join its board of trustees. The Culinary Trust (TCT), co-founded by Julia Child, is the 501(c)3 foundation of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, with a mission to connect culinary professionals with food-based causes to create change and inspire action. Since its inception, TCT has provided funds to a wide variety of programs and initiatives. A few of our key initiatives in the past few years:

  • Our Richard Sax Food Action Grant is awarded yearly in the IACP conference host city to a nonprofit combatting hunger and increasing food access with an innovative approach and strong community involvement. Through this grant, TCT has provided more than $50,000 to programs across the United States.
  • Funded multiple workshops with The New School’s Food in Two Worlds program to train emerging and seasoned food writers how to tell culturally impactful food stories with an aim to increase the diversity of voices in food writing.
  • Funded a program with the Pacific University and the OpEd Project to help culinary professionals learn to craft powerful op-ed pieces about issues within the food world
  • Worked with the Julia Child Foundation to provide a monetary grant to the Julia Child Award recipient for IACP’s Best First Book Cookbook Awards category.
  • Other programs include the Jacques Pépin Education Grant for culinary education and literacy and the Scott Givot Leadership grant which is focused on mission-driven leadership development in culinary arts and hospitality.
  • Working with the Julia Child Foundation, created a network of food writing internships across the U.S. working with Edible publications and Civil Eats.


The TCT board operates without a dedicated staff. All board members work as a team to both lead and execute programs and manage partnerships. We work independently, yet closely with the board of IACP directors. Board members should expect to donate an average of five hours monthly, with additional time allotted when volunteering for special initiatives, fundraising, conference programming and committee work. Duties include:

Leadership, governance and oversight:

  • Help conceive, create and execute on programming; work as liaison to key partners as directed.
  • Help determine the annual budget, audit reports and material business decisions.
  • Be informed of, and meet all legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting other Board Members when needed
  • Partner with other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensure TCT’s commitment to diversity

Board terms/participation:

Board Members will serve a two-year term. The board meets nine times per calendar year in the form a monthly phone call and once per year at the annual IACP conference. The IACP board of directors has final vote on TCT board members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience within the culinary world or related industry in any capacity.
  • A prior or current member of IACP, preferably with a history of involvement in the organization at a committee level, awards judge, board member or other areas. However, IACP membership past or present is not required for TCT board service.
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of TCT’s beneficiaries
  • Willingness to assist in fundraising efforts in the form of securing sponsors, donors for auctions and other mechanisms.

TCT is actively seeking individuals to fill specific roles:

For treasurer: TCT retains a professional bookkeeper and accountant to manage all tax and non-profit corporate filings. Some experience with budgets, accounting procedures, profit/loss statements, whether for a small business or in a corporate setting is useful, and any experience with non-profit reporting processes are a plus.
For marketing- or content-focused roles: Experience developing promotional campaigns, including social media strategies, plus experience with websites is a plus.


Service on TCT’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, a modest annual travel stipend, and accommodation at the annual IACP conference. Generally, IACP’s board of directors provides complimentary attendance of the IACP national conference to TCT board members.

How to apply:

The first deadline will be November 2, 2018. Applications are reviewed as they’re submitted.
(If you miss the deadline, don’t worry. We are always looking for great board members and will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis.)

You may apply easily online via this link.
Questions? Contact us via email at

View all News