2019 IACP Cookbook Awards Committee

Thank you for your interest in becoming a judge for the 2019 IACP Cookbook Awards (CBA) committee. We anticipate having the open committee positions filled by the end of December, 2018 by the CBA Chair through a review of qualifications and category needs. Please see judge qualifications and requirements listed below. Once chosen, judges will receive more information about timelines and specific duties.

PLEASE NOTE: This awards cycle is under a tight timeline due to our annual conference dates. If you are not flexible to handle a bulk of the scoring and review during the month of January, we encourage you to apply next year. To help determine your interest and availability, here are the key dates for the judging process:

November 1, 2018 Call for entries goes public for all award categories

December 3, 2018 Call for judges goes public for all categories

December, 17 2018 Deadline to apply to become a judge

January 4th, 2019 Judges are finalized for each category

January 21st, 2019 First shipment of books sent to judges

February 15, 2019 Deadline for the all award category entries

February 22, 2019 All books sent to judges

March 8, 2019 Deadline for the ballots for all non-cookbook Awards

March 15, 2019 Deadline for the first tier ballots- Cookbook Awards

March 28, 2019 Deadline for the second tier ballots- Cookbook Awards

March 29, 2019 Conference Call Required with Cookbook Awards Executive Committee

April 11, 2019 Finalist announcement event. Press release for awards finalists goes public

May 19, 2019 IACP Awards Ceremony

As a reminder, here are the judge qualifications and requirements. PLEASE NOTE: You cannot judge two consecutive years in a row, please do not apply if you judged on last year's committee.

1. You are not eligible to be a judge if you have written, edited or significantly contributed to any book entered into this year's competition.
2. All category selections and information regarding the judging process must remain confidential.
3. No judge serving on the IACP Cookbook Awards Committee may be involved in judging a comparable cookbook award program during the same year.
4. Call for judges are open to everyone, IACP members and the general public.
5. Judges who evaluate categories that require recipe testing will receive up to $150 toward recipe testing reimbursement upon completion of the judging process and submission of receipts.
6. Judges should be able to work comfortably with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and online surveys for scoring.
7. Due to budgetary restraints, we are only accepting judges from within the 50 continental United States.

Thanks so much for considering this opportunity to give back to IACP. We appreciate all you have already done for the organization and look forward to hearing from you soon.


Paola Briseño González / Director of Awards and Culinary Events