4/10/2013 12:05:00 PM

Charles Phan, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and others win IACP Awards

Charles Phan wins award for Vietnamese Home Cooking 
The rank and file of the literary food world converged at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco last night for the annual IACP Awards ceremony, bequeathing honors to writers, photographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, cooking teachers and the like. The star-studded event, MC-ed by a who's who of the culinary world including local talent Martin Yan (MY China) and Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), awarded prizes in excellence, lifetime achievement and writing, but its raison d'etre is the cookbook awards. (This year there were over 500 entries.)

Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem won big, racking up awards in several categories including Book of the Year, but the crowd when wild went for local hero Charles Phan (Slanted Door, Hard Water) who took home gold for his book Vietnamese Home Cooking (which includes recipes adapted from his blockbuster restaurant) in the Chefs and Restaurant category. A visibly emotional Phan admitted that hadn't had a speech ahead of time, just a bourbon. (Phan recently opened American whiskey bar Hard Water is located around the corner from the Hyatt).

Other Bay Area professionals that won book awards were Joel Riddell, Dining Around with Joel Riddell (Long Format Audio), Deborah Jones for Bouchon Bakery (Food Photography) and SF Chronicle contributor (though not resident) Marion Nestle for Why Calorie Count (Food Matters). In related categories, Alice Waters (Chez Panisse) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, Joanne Weir (Copita) won Culinary Tour Operator of the Year, La Cocina was recognized for its Community Service and Oakland Food Connection won the Richard Sax Grant for its work promoting nutritional awareness and access to healthy foods.

You can see the complete list of IACP Cookbook Awards and Awards of Excellence online.


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