The annual awards of the International Association of Culinary Professionals were announced last week in Chicago, and several Washington-area names popped up among the winners.

Nora Pouillon, chef and owner of both Restaurant Nora and Asia Nora, received the IACP Award of Excellence and was named Chef of the Year.

Francois Dionot, director of L'Academie de Cuisine cooking school in Bethesda and Gaithersburg, was given the Award of Excellence in the cooking-school category.

While Chicago restaurateur Rick Bayless won for Best Cookbook of the Year with his "Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen" (Scribner, $35), Washington cookbook author Leland Atkinson received the Calphalon Award in the Food Reference/Technical category for his new book, "!Cocina!: A Hands-on Guide to the Techniques of Southwestern Cooking" (Ten Speed Press, $19.95).

Other winners included, for best baking book, "Baking With Julia" by Dorie Greenspan (Morrow, $40). The Julia Child Award for a first book went to Maya Kaimal MacMillan for "Curried Flavors: Family Recipes From South India" (Abbeville Press, $35).

The Bert Green Award for food journalism went to Colman Andrews, editor of Saveur magazine, and to Suzanne Martinson, food editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Cooks' Choice Award, voted by the public, also went to Dorie Greenspan's "Baking With Julia." IACP has more than 3,000 members worldwide, who represent virtually every profession in the culinary world including chefs, food writers, cookbook authors, restaurateurs and TV cooking personalities.