Local restaurateur Michel Nischan was been awarded the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2011 Humanitarian Award.

Nischan, the chef and owner of the Dressing Room restaurant on Powers Court near downtown, received the award in a ceremony June 3 in Austin, Texas. The award cites Nischan's commitment through Wholesome Wave -- which he co-founded -- to making healthy food accessible to a broad range of consumers.

Also cited are Nischan's initiatives to create nationwide programs that support small- and mid-sized local farmers and make fresh-grown foods available to people, regardless of income, according to the culinary professional group.