What is the International Academy of Gastronomy (IAG)?

The purpose of IAG, a non-profit association headquartered in Levallois-Perret, France, is to protect and develop regional and national cultures and their culinary heritage as well as to encourage creativity in the modern art of cooking. It was established over 30 years ago and it now has 28 Academy members from 23 countries.

Headquarter: 34 rue Chaptal - 92300 Levallois-Perret - France
Founded: 1983
President: Jacques Mallard (President, Guilde des Terroirs)
Vice President: Giovanni Ballarini (President, Accadmia Italiana Della Cucina)

Gerald Heim de Balsac (President, Club Royal Des Gastronomes
De Belgique and recipient of the Prix renaissance de l’economie)

Board Members:

-Rafael Anson (President, Real Academia Espanola de Gastronomia)
-Olivier Maus (President, Academie Suisse des Gourmets and Co-owner of Manor)
-Khalil Sara (President, Academie Syrienne de la Gastronomie
and Board Member, International Chamber of Commerce)

Honorary Member: Hubert Guerrand-Hermes and six others
Award Recipients:

[Honorary Medals] King of Spain / President of the Hungarian
Republic / H.R.H. Prince of Whales / King of Sweden / President of Italy / President of European Parliament
[Chefs] Joel Robuchon / Alain Ducasse / Ferran Adria

IAG conducts international research and studies regarding food in general but in particular with gastronomy in order to advise and submit policy proposals to official and private organizations.

IAG has partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and also has collaborative relationships with organizations such as the WHO, UNESCO and EU in order to support and to promote initiatives related to gastronomy in the cultural, educational, nutritional and touristic fields.

IAG bestows awards, hosts and sponsors events and research initiatives in addition to other international initiatives in order to further its objectives.

Examples of Past Events

(Italy): The Doges Cooking
(Spain): European Gastronomic Week
(Italy): Meeting for the Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Italian Cooking Academy
(Italy): The Papacy and Gastronomy
(France): IAG and Relais & Chateaux Cooperation
(Belgium): Exceptional Dinner in the Drawing Room of the European Parliament Presidency in the Presence of Mr. Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament
(France): Exceptional Lunch under the Patronage of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, Represented by His Excellency Michel Barnier, Minister of Agriculture, at the Hotel Le Bristol
(Portugal): Exceptional Dinner in the Presence of Their Excellencies Jose Antonio Ribeiro, Minister of Culture and Manuel Pinho, Minister of Economy and Tourism
(Italy): Accademia Italiana della Cucina's (Roman Branch) 60th Anniversary- Commemorative Visit to the Quirinal Palace
(Belgium): Joint Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Club of Belgium Gastronomes