4/03/2012 11:13:00 AM

Foodie Elite Flood the 2012 IACP Conference in NYC

For the past few days, 1,000 chefs, writers, entrepreneurs and other food-world influencers took over Times Square’s Millennium Broadway Hotel for five days of eating, Tweeting, drinking and discussion at The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ (IACP) 2012 conference, “The Fashion of Food: Where Food, Fashion and Media Connect.” Held in a different city each year, the latest confab kicked off Thursday with a slew of sold-out dining events.


Attendees signed up to eat pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s with Gilt Taste’s Ruth Reichl, or perhaps indulge in an intricate kaiseki meal at cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo’s own home. There was also a gut-busting bagel and lox challenge, which featured the fine specimen pictured above from Kutsher’s TriBeCa. Packed-to-the-rafters discussions featuring luminaries like chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Dan Barber, Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport and The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik anchored Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s Culinary Expo and Book & Blog Festival, held in SoHo, buzzed with cooking fanatics, authors and artisanal food purveyors slinging samples galore. Two things IACP members love were also in abundance thought the fest: cocktails and schmoozing.

An awards ceremony and gala wrapped up the festivities last night, with prizes doled out to cookbook writers, journalists and other industry professionals. You can check out the full list of winners here. Next year, it’s on to San Francisco - hopefully there will be time for a few days of detox and diet before then.

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