The International Association of Culinary Professionals has released the finalists for the 2012 IACP Awards. Several of the awards have strong New Orleans roots. For one, the new cookbook by John Besh, My Family Table, is a finalist for two of the cookbook awards?General and "Children, Youth and Family." Randy Fertel, author of the recently-published memoir about growing up as the son of the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse founder, was nominated with Alison Fairbrother for an article they wrote for Gilt Taste. Called The Most Important Fish in the Sea," it is a finalist in the category of Culinary Writing That Makes a Difference.
The New Orleans connection is a little more tenuous on this last one, but San Francisco chef Mitch Rosenthal's book Cook My Way Back Home was nominated in the Food Photography/Styling category. (The photographer for the book is Paige Green.) Rosenthal co-wrote that book with New Orleans-based writer Jon Pult. Winners will be announced on April 2.