IRENA CHALMERS ,
Owner, Chalmers Food Publications Corp, The pioneer of single subject cookbooks.
1986:
Elected to Who's Who of Food in America.


Irena Chalmers' witty and well-informed commentary on American food has established her as a popular writer and keynote speaker on food-related subjects. She is constantly sought after for editorial comments in the press. Her most recent book, The Great Food Almanac, was named Food Book of the Year by dozens of newspapers and praised in People, Parade, The New York Times Book Review and Tufts Nutrition Newsletter. It was nominated for the James Beard Cookbook Award of Excellence and a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. This is the twelfth award of excellence she has received for her publications. Chalmers is past president of the 4,000-member International Association of Culinary Professionals with representatives from 34 countries. She is also past president of Les Dames d'Escoffier.

In 1986 she was elected to Who's Who of Food in America, a 135-member group of leaders in the food world. She was named Woman of the Year in Food by New York University. She has been a guest on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and TVFN, and interviewed on more than 100 radio programs. Chalmers' articles on food have been published in many newspapers and magazines including: The New York Times Op-Ed Page, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Modern Maturity, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Restaurant Hospitality, Restaurant Business and Nation's Restaurant News. Her books have been published by HarperCollins, William Morrow, Viking and Barren's. She is a pioneer of single subject cookbooks and her publications have achieved sales exceeding 18 million copies. She was publisher of The Great American Cooking Schools series of cookbooks and producer of The Food Professionals Guide.

Chalmers was consultant and columnist for Epicurious, the Conde Nast web site and CuisineNet and Family Time sites. She is currently columnist and food consultant to Modern Maturity magazine. She was consultant to The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World restaurant for 13 years and speech writer for the late Joe Baum. She has given keynote speeches at dozens of professional food meetings including a recent address to a conference for 600 foodservice executives and a conference co-sponsored by the Earth Pledge Foundation and United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. She was Visiting Professor at New York University in 1998 and has taught at The New School for Social Research. She recently joined the faculty at The Culinary Institute of America. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology and foods of the future. She is currently writing "Future Food".