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The 32nd Annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals just wrapped up in Portland over the weekend, and in case (like me) you

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In Case You Couldn't Make It: An IACP Wrap-Up from Eater PDX

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The 32nd Annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals just wrapped up in Portland over the weekend, and in case (like me) you weren't able to make it down to hang with the food-world big wigs yourself, Eater PDX is there for you. Because the big to-do was going on right in their backyard, they had reports coming in from all quarters of the conference--covering the scene, the awards, the parties and the after-hours shenanigans (including a report on whether or not all the food writers in town were bumpin' uglies during their down-time between panels like this was just one big "international sex party") from some of the biggest names in food.

But all humping aside, the IACP also handed down their annual awards in Portland on Friday, and the winners were a mutt bunch--bringing flavors from all over the world to the big awards ceremony. A full list of all the various winners can be found here and here, but the highlights were John Besh taking home the prize in the American cookbooks category for My New Orleans, Ruth Reichl (who was also presenting the awards) winning in the Compilations category for Gourmet Today, David Leite taking home the coveted Julia Child Award for his The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast, Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller and Dave Cruz winning in the Chefs and Restaurants division, Waste by Tristram Stuart scoring for Literary Food Writing and Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum winning the cookbook of the year award.

Among the journos being honored, it was Francis Lam from Gourmet who took the big prize, followed by Mei Chin writing about kim chi for Saveur, Shane Mitchell (also from Saveur) who won for Culinary Writing Without Recipes and the blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook by Hank Shaw which won (no surprise) in the blog category.

 
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