The Culinary Institute of America

Irena Chalmers, CIA Part-time Instructor—Writing and Communications

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Part-time Instructor—Writing and Communications


Graduate Program, Queens Square Neurological Institute, London, England. Graduate Nurse, Royal Hospital, London.

Professional Background:
Cookbook Author and Publisher. Columnist, Chef, Food Arts, Food & Wine, Gastronomica, The New York Times, and Nation's Restaurant News. Food Essayist, WAMC Northeast National Public Radio. Columnist and Food Consultant, Modern Maturityand Cook's Illustrated; Epicurious, CuisineNet, and Family Time Web sites. Consultant, The Rainbow Room, NYC; Windows on the World, NYC. Speech Writer for Joseph Baum. Owner, La Bonne Femme Culinary Center and Cooking School. Staff Member, Columbia-Presbyterian Neurological Institute.

Best Food Book for Professionals in the U.S.A. (2008) and the World (2009) for Food Jobs, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Committee. Recipient of 12 Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Woman of the Year in Food, New York University, 1989. Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, James Beard Foundation, 1988. Honor of La Bonne Vie Champenoise. Ten Tastemaker awards for various publications.

Food Jobs. Great American Food Almanac. The Great Food Almanac. Working Family Cookbook. Food Professionals Guide. Good Old Food. American Bistro.

Founding Member, Past President, International Association of Culinary Professionals; Les Dames d'Escoffier.

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