Several hundred chefs, cookbook authors, culinary instructors, food photographers, and others who work in the food world will convene in Portland, Oregon, from April 21 to 24 at the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

The conference will offer sessions, networking events, and social functions that focus on exploring and defining the new culinary landscape. Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, will lead a line-up of notable featured speakers, including husband and wife authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, chef Brad Farmerie, educator Dorothy Hamilton, author Madhur Jaffrey, cookbook editor Judith Jones, author Deborah Madison, Lebanese market owner Kamal Mouzawak, chef Mario Navarrete Jr., author Michael Ruhlman, and New York Times food writer Kim Severson.

IACP has provided an innovative conference format for 2010, including an expanded offering of “Experts Are In” sessions, as well as informal, late-night “Night Owl” sessions with industry professionals. Conference events take place throughout the city to provide attendees with an insider’s view into Portland’s culture and cuisine.

“With its outdoor markets, enchanting food culture, and lively street food cart scene, Portland provides the perfect backdrop for this IACP conference,” says Scott E. Givot, CCP, president of IACP.

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