2018 Silver Plate Class Announced!

Posted by IFMA March 20, 2018

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The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) is proud to announce the 2018 IFMA Silver Plate Award winners. Nine Silver Plate winners were unveiled at the annual IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) in Las Vegas.

The annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards enable the industry to honor the nation’s top foodservice operator talent. Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders, then selected by a distinguished jury including national trade press, foodservice experts and past Gold & Silver Plate award winners. From the Silver Plate winners, one is chosen by the jury to receive the industry's most prestigious recognition, IFMA’s 2018 Gold Plate Award, revealed for the first time at the Gold & Silver Plate Award Celebration.

“The IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards honor individual achievement across the foodservice industry,” said IFMA President & CEO, Larry Oberkfell. “Every year for 64 years now, the winners demonstrate excellence that make us all proud to be a part of this industry."

2018 Silver Plate Winners:

  • Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept: Craig Huse, Huse Culinary
  • Chain Full Service: Gene Lee, Darden Restaurants
  • Chain Limited Service: Paul Brown, Inspire Brands
  • Health Care: Jim McGrody, UNC Rex Healthcare
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools: Ken Yant, Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Colleges & Universities: C. Dennis Pierce, University of Connecticut
  • Business & Industry/Foodservice Management: Michiel Bakker, Google
  • Retail & Specialty: Voni Woods, Giant Eagle
  • Hotels & Lodging: Susan Terry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts

IFMA is proud to partner with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), coming together to celebrate the leadars across the foodservice industry. The NRA will present its second annual “Legends Award” and WFF will debut its “Women in Manufacturing Award”.

The 64th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 19, during National Restaurant Association Show Week at the new Marriott Marquis, Chicago at McCormick Place. 

For more information on the event and to reserve your table, visit ifmaworld.com/GSP.

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May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Jim McGrody

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2018 Silver Plate Series: Paul Brown

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Paul Brown, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Limited Service category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Gene Lee

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Gene Lee, President & Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Chain Full Service category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

2018 Silver Plate Series: Craig Huse

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2018 Silver Plate Class and got an inside look at what makes them the operator all-stars they are today. Find out what they have to say about their passion for foodservice, career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Craig Huse, President & Co-Owner of Huse Culinary, received the 2018 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept category. Nominated by Ecolab. 

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2017 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Ted Faulkner, Director of Dining Services at Virginia Tech, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Colleges & Universities category. Nominated by Basic American Foods.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Health Care

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Patti Oliver, Director of Nutrition at UCLA Health System, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Health Care category. Nominated by Hobart Corporation and Basic American Foods

2016 Silver Plate Series: Hotels & Lodging

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 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. Wolfgang Lindlbauer, Chief Discipline Leader, Global Operations, Marriott International, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Hotels & Lodging category. He was nominated by Ecolab.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 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. Thom Sehnert, Founder/Owner & President, Annie Gunn’s and The Smokehouse Market, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurant/Multi-Concept category. He was nominated by Anheuser-Busch.

2016 Silver Plate Series: Specialty Foodservice

We asked the Silver Plate Class of 2016 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. Rick Abramson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Delaware North Companies, received the 2016 Silver Plate Award in the Specialty Foodservice category. He was nominated by Anheuser-Busch, Ecolab and PepsiCo.