IFMA's annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards honors the nation’s leading foodservice operator talent. Eight operator individuals who have dedicated their careers to the Foodservice Industry will be recognized at the Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration on the evening of November 2.

The awards celebration will take place during IFMA's Presidents Conference, including the announcement of the overall Gold Plate Award winner for industry excellence. Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders, and selected by a distinguished jury including national trade press, foodservice experts and past Gold & Silver Plate award winners.

Attendees of IFMA’s Presidents Conference will receive one complimentary ticket for the Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration.

If you are not planning to attend Presidents Conference, you may purchase a ticket for the awards celebration taking place the evening of November 2. Click here to purchase ticket >>

2020 Silver Plate Class

  • Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept:
    • Joe Essa, President & CEO | Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
  • Chain Full Service: 
    • Phil Hickey, Chairman | Miller's Ale House Restaurants
  • Chain Limited Service: 
    • Scott Redler, COO/Co-Founder | Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  • Health Care: 
    • Eric Eisenberg, Director of Dining Services | Rogue Valley Manor
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools: 
    • Bertrand Weber, Director, Culinary & Wellness Services | Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Colleges & Universities: 
    • Zia Ahmed, Senior Director of Dining Services | The Ohio State University
  • Business & Industry/Foodservice Management:
    • Victoria Vega, Senior Vice President, Specialty Group | Unidine Corporation
  • Retail & Specialty: 
    • Brandon Chrostowski, Founder/President/CEO | EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute