At the 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers, by Irena Chalmers, was named the Best Book in the World for Food Professionals out of competing books from 17 countries.

In her book, Chalmers, a friend of FENI and a Chef Educator Today and Chef Magazine columnist, Culinary Institute of America instructor and foodservice industry expert, profiles a range of food sector jobs available aside from that of restaurant chef including food photographer, bed and breakfast owner, specialty food retailer, nutritionist, kitchen designer and food writer, to name a few.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were held July 1 at La Comédie-Française in Paris, next to Louvre. The United States, United Kingdom, Spain and France took home the highest number of awards this year. For more information, visit
Nicky USA Inc.'s 9th annual Wild About Game event will bring together the best game chefs of the Pacific Northwest for a day of cook-offs, demonstrations, pairings and cookbook signings all dedicated to game birds and meat. The event takes place Sept. 27 at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore.

Chefs at the 2008 Wild About Game event

Ten Pacific Northwest chefs will compete in a cook-off during the event. Each chef will prepare a unique dish for a panel of culinary experts using a secret game ingredient that could be anything from elk to quail, fallow venison, buffalo or rabbit. The cook-off chefs are:
Harvest Vine chef Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez will compete again in the 2009 Wild About Game cook-off.

The event will also feature a culinary marketplace with food and wine tastings and cookbook signings. For more information visit

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