Affirmation is good for the soul. Really good. I am just beginning to come down from a thoroughly affirming weekend with colleagues and friends. It was wonderful from the get-go to attend the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference. Terrific sessions, great fun seeing old friends and putting faces to on-line pals, but receiving the Single Subject Cookbook Award completely put it over the top. Over. The Top.
It was my fourth trip to the podium, having picked up three of the awards for Food52, as my pal and fellow winner, Kristen Miglore asked me. I did fear there was a very good chance of “always a bridesmaid, never the bride”. But wow.
And guess who announced my win? Yes, that’s right. He’s Aussie. He’s 6’5″. And he smells really good. Hello, Curtis Stone.
For those of you who whooped and hollared … that was totally awesome. I am so grateful I got to share the experience with so many good friends.
Scan the complete listing of the award winnersand you’ll understand why I was (and am still) so verklempt. I was surrounded by my culinary heroes.
And to you, my wonderful readers, THANK YOU. You were there for me all the way.
The video, as well as the photo of Curtis & moi, courtesy Michael Edwards.