We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2014 a few questions to get an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they had to say about passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators.
Brad Nelson, Vice President Food &
Beverage-Culinary & Global Corporate Chef, Marriott
Nelson received the 2014 Silver Plate Award in the Hotels & Lodging category. He was nominated byBigelow Tea.
What do you enjoy most about your career in
People are what make the difference in the hospitality industry. I love the fact that every day something new and fresh can be discovered. Since I started at 15 as a dishwasher, until now, I have never wanted to be in any other industry.
Tell us about your biggest career
Truly, my biggest career accomplishment is the collective little accomplishments that add up to being a positive influence to others who have chosen foodservice and the love of food as their career.
How is your segment making a difference for the
In hospitality, whether it be hotel or restaurant categories, the opportunities are greater than ever for aspiring culinarians to begin a career. Advancements in food technology, rethinking traditional preparations, developing an idea into a business, or innovating around a foodservice challenge are all things that add to the hospitality and lodging segment, truly making a difference. Food is now a global passion, and it's great to be in foodservice at a time when so many people are interested in cooking, eating and hosting others.
What advice do you have for someone new to the
Being a foodie is not enough, you have to genuinely be willing to work a lot harder than in other industries and really like people. This business, at the end of the day, is all about people - traveling, celebrating, working, dating, cooking and dining. You name it, whatever happens in life often happens around food. Take every day as a day to learn something new, and be ready to learn from anyone.
What does being an IFMA Silver Plate recipient mean to you?Truly, I am very honored. I feel it is truly an honor that goes to the incredible talented individuals I work with every day. No one person can do anything without a fantastic team around them, and I have had the great pleasure of working with some amazing people since I started in this business.