“Irena has married her love for the food world and her passion for sharing knowledge in her latest and possibly greatest, contribution: Food Jobs.
Through this valuable resource, Irena opens up a world of opportunities in our growing industry.”
— Kathy Merget,
Dean of Liberal Arts and Management Studies,
The Culinary Institute of America
Irena Chalmers has worn many hats in the food industry including cooking school owner and teacher, pioneer author of the single subject cookbook and awarding-winning publisher, restaurant consultant and mentor. A witty and captivating speaker on food trends, her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Food Arts and Nation's Restaurant News. Chalmers is a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals with a worldwide membership of nearly 4,000 encompassing more than nearly 40 countries. She is also a founding member and past president of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Her own life story unfolds to reveal an unlikely career that led to becoming a James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who” in the culinary world.
As an author and editor, publisher and packager, Chalmers has written and contributed to literally hundreds of award-wining titles, successful cookbook series and food guides, including: the ‘Round the World cookbooks; the Great American Cooking Schools 12-book series (winner of the Art Directors Club Award and eight Tastemaker Awards); the Books by Cooks 24-book series and the Creative Cook volumes. She was the first to publish many culinary leaders, among them Romanic & Classic Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum, American Food & California Wine by Barbara Kafka, Quiche & Pate by Peter Kump, and Christmas Feasts from History by Lorna Sass, among others. The Great American Food Almanac, The Food Professional’s Guide, The Great Food Almanac (winner, IACP Julia Child Award), and American Bistro are just a few of the many food books Chalmers has written.
Chalmers also held a number of consulting roles at the Rainbow Room and Windows on the World in working closely with restaurant legend Joe Baum for 14 years. She has been a consultant for Epicurious.com, CuisineNet.com, and FamilyTime.com, and Modern Maturity magazine, now AARP magazine with more than 34 million readers. In addition, Chalmers has been a visiting professor at New York University and the New School for Social Research and an associate of the International Food Information Council on Food Biotechnology and BIO: Council for Biotechnology Information Bureau.
Chalmers currently teaches at The Culinary Institute of America, writes The Last Word column for Chef magazine, and works as a consultant, food blogger and commentator; and mentor to many embarking on their own culinary adventures.
Chalmers shares many lifetimes of food knowledge in her latest book, Food Jobs; 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers, (Beaufort Books, $19.95/paperback).