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.
Their self-stated mission: “IACP serves as a resource and support system for food professionals worldwide. Its mission is to help its members achieve career success ethically, responsibly and professionally. ”
The IACP Cookbook Awards are presented annual to honor excellence in cookbook writing and publishing.
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.
By 1987 the association had expanded its reach and as a result, renamed itself the International Association of Cooking Professionals. In 1990 the association merged with the Food Marketing Communicators organization to form the IACP in 1990.
Since 1990, the association sponsored conferences in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Providence, Baltimore, Dallas, and Seattle. New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers
In 2008, IACP will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with an international conference in New Orleans.