International Association of Culinary Professionals

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The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a United States-based not-for-profit professional association whose members work in culinary education, communication, or the preparation of food and beverage.

The organization's self-stated mission: “IACP serves as a resource and support system for food professionals worldwide. Its mission is to "empower, educate, and engage culinary professionals around the globe."


The IACP Cookbook Awards are presented annually to honor excellence in cookbook writing and publishing. They were previously called "Tastemaker's" awards.

The IACP also presents the Bert Greene Awards for food journalism, in magazine, internet, and newspaper categories. The IACP also gives out Awards of Excellence to individuals and organizations in a number of categories.

In June 2013, the IACP was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.[1][2]


The organization was formed in 1978, as Association of Cooking Schools (ACS), and incorporated in 1979. The name changed to International Association of Cooking Schools (IACS) in 1981.

In 2018, Tanya Steel (}, a food journalist, healthy foods advocate, and creator of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' State Dinner with former First Lady Michelle Obama, a five year-initiative at the White House ( was named chief executive officer.

By 1987 the association had expanded its reach to include international members and renamed itself the “International Association of Cooking Professionals." In 1990, the association merged with the “Food Marketing Communicators” organization and again changed its name, to the “International Association of Culinary Professionals.” Since 1990, the association sponsored conferences in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Providence, Baltimore, Dallas, and Seattle.


  1. ^ Culinary Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Crystal, Becky (March 29, 2015). "Local authors are among IACP award winners announced in Washington". Washington Post.

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