IFMA's 70th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration 

IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards  is the foodservice industry’s most iconic celebration. Our 70th annual celebration will honor this year’s winners on Saturday night, May 18, 2024 in the historic Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station. 

The Celebration is open to the industry and will bring together past Gold and Silver Plate winners and esteemed individuals from across all segments of foodservice. 

Join us to honor and celebrate the 2024 IFMA Silver Plate class. The winner of the industry’s most prestigious award – the coveted IFMA Gold Plate - will be revealed that evening. 


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Awards Criteria

The Silver Plate Awards recognize professionals who have demonstrated foodservice industry segment leadership and noteworthy achievement and have made lasting contributions to the advancement of the industry. Silver Plate nominees should:

  • Have spent at least two years in foodservice operations management within the nominated segment
  • Have hands-on experience and knowledge that is well founded within the foodservice industry
  • Show a commitment to foodservice as a lifetime career
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethical and moral behavior
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovation in such areas as financial & operational management, human resource programs and menu/concept execution
  • Demonstrate strong support of association and industry-related activities in order to promote, protect and enhance the industry and its image
  • Demonstrate a sense of civic pride through voluntary involvement in societal activities