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IFMA instituted the Gold & Silver Plate Awards in 1954 to pay tribute to the most outstanding and innovative talents in nine segments of foodservice operations. Recipients are honored at IFMA's annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration and one is chosen to receive the coveted Gold Plate Award. 

Award Categories 

  • Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept
  • Chain Full Service
  • Chain Limited Service
  • Business & Industry/Foodservice Management
  • Health Care
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Retail & Specialty Foodservice
  • Hotels & Lodging

Nominations for the 2023 Gold & Silver Plate Awards will be opening soon! Check back for more information.  


For 68 years the IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards have been the industry’s most iconic foodservice celebration. This historic annual event is where distinguished industry peers mix, mingle and lavish praise on the most notable operator achievements.

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Each year, a distinguished jury of trade press editors and previous award winners weighs the merits of hundreds of candidates before selecting the executives who are honored with the Silver Plate Award. From among them, one is chosen by secret ballot to receive the industry's most coveted recognition, the IFMA Gold Plate.