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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

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Silver Plate Awards. 

Submit 2021 Nominations

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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.