FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Labensky installed as president
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Sarah R. Labensky, CCP, director of Mississippi
University for Women’s Culinary Arts Institute and associate professor,
was installed as president of the International Association of Culinary
Professionals (IACP) at the Association’s annual conference in
Baltimore, Md., on April 24.
The IACP is a not-for-profit association composed of more than 4,000
members from 35 countries. The organization provides continuing
education and development for its members, who are a virtual “Who’s Who”
of the culinary world. In addition to charter members Julia Child,
Jacques Pepin, Nathalie Dupree and Shirley Corriher, current members
include culinary celebrities such as Charlie Trotter, Martin Yan, Rose
Levy Beranbaum and corporations including Dole Foods, Kendall-Jackson
Winery, TV Food Network and Kikkoman.
According to Labensky, “The IACP membership includes food writers, food
stylists, book and magazine editors, cooking teachers, photographers,
dieticians, chefs, food historians and people from just about every
career group in the food business. These are exactly the type of people
that MUW culinary students need to have access to. I hope that both the
IACP and MUW’s culinary students will benefit from my leadership in this
important professional organization.”
She will serve as president until the group’s next annual conference,
scheduled for April 2005 in Dallas. The Association also will hold
additional meetings during the coming year in South Africa; Oslo,
Norway; Louisville, Ky.; and Amsterdam, Holland. “It’s a good thing I
love to travel.” Labensky said.
Labensky previously served as secretary/treasurer and vice president of
the Association. She was first elected to the IACP’s eleven-member Board
of Directors in 1999. Labensky assumed the presidency from Martha
Johnston, vice president of Southern Progress, Corp., Birmingham, Ala.
She will be assisted this year by William Wallace, a retail consultant
from San Francisco, Calif., and Secretary/Treasurer Blake Swihart, CCP,
president of Foodservice Solutions in Philadelphia, Pa.