Saturday, April 24, 2010

Among the Profession

The International Association of Culinary Professionals or IACP, (of which I am a member), held it's annual five day conference in Portland Oregon this past week. Portland was the host city for the IACP Conference 12 years ago, at a time when the Pacific Northwest was just beginning to attract attention as a gastronomic hub.
Keynote speaker Ruth Reichl, the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine before its closing, lead a line-up of notable luminaries including husband and wife authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, chef Brad Farmerie, author Madhur Jaffrey, cookbook editor Judith Jones, Lebanese market owner Kamal Mouzawak, chef Mario Navarrete, Jr., author Michael Ruhlman and New York Times food writer Kim Severson. Among the noted colleagues were Matt Armendariz, photographer, founder, mattbites.com, and Kathleen Flinn, author of the famed book "The Sharper your Knife, the Less you Cry", and fellow Le Cordon Bleu alumni.
It was good to see over 750 chefs, cookbook authors, food media, culinary instructors, food photographers and others who work in the food world convene in Portland, Oregon. While I was not able to see all of the offerings at the conference, it was nice to finally be able to shake the hands of some I have only been able to correspond with.
I look forward to meeting more new members as well as seeing familiar faces at the next conference scheduled for June 2011 in Austin Texas.

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