This association boasts some of the most distinguished members of the food community. Not only does membership allow for the interconnection of various outlets, but the semi-annual “Australian Food Media Awards” event, dubbed the “Oscars of the food industry” have become a focal point of the media. Here awards are given out for excellence in food writing and reporting. From best cookbook of the year to best communicator about food, the awards range in depth and scope and reach over 20 different categories. The Awards are judged by industry specialists, and began in 1995.
There is an annual general meeting, were association’s member choose officials and elect the President if need be. Among its other events is the Food Forum, which between 1990 and 2000 the Australian Association of Food Professionals held biennial two-day forums with well known international and national speakers. Recently, instead of holding this conference, AAFP offers regular workshops and seminars throughout the year, which can speak to current events and industry news.
AAFP also has a highly distinguished Hall of Fame, in which there have been only 7 inductees. These inductees have generally been the crème du la crème of the Australian food industry.
Connections can be made and a true name can be established in the Australian food community through this association, and it is highly recommended that if you are in this industry you should seriously consider membership.