The Blue Tomato Announced as Finalist in Prestigious IACP Culinary Awards

The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong by Chef Alan Wong, co-written by Arnold Hiura, is one of three finalists in the 26th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards in the “Chefs & Restaurants” category. [To see the full list of Cookbook Award finalists, as well as nominees in several other Award categories, visit the IACP website.]

The IACP awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in the culinary industry; its Cookbook Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry. Past honorees have included Rick Bayless, Mark Bittman, Dorie Greenspan, Thomas Keller and Julia Child. The 2012 Awards will be given in 18 categories. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, April 2 in New York during a gala event as part of IACP’s annual conference.

The Blue Tomato previously received the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Cookbooks, the top award in the category, as well as an Honorable Mention for Design from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, and was one of three nominees for the 2011 Samuel M. Kamakau Hawai‘i Book of the Year Award.

A founding chef and renowned master of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Alan Wong is known the world over for his creative, cutting-edge cuisine. A 1996 winner of the James Beard Award, he is a tireless ambassador for Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine and a leader in America’s farm-to-table movement. Chef Alan worked previously at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Lutèce in New York City and The CanoeHouse on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1995 he opened Alan Wong’s Restaurant—now Alan Wong’s Honolulu—and, in 1999, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, also in Honolulu. The Blue Tomato is his second cookbook.

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Watermark Publishing is a Honolulu, Hawaii, book publishing company. Established in 1999, Watermark Publishing has produced a number of award-winning books—including children’s books, memoirs, biographies and cookbooks—specializing in titles that celebrate Hawai‘i’s unique, “mixed plate” culture.

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