2023 Silver Plate Class 


Chain Full Service:

  • David Deno, CEO | Bloomin' Brands | Nominated by Ecolab

Colleges & Universities:

  • Jill Horst, Executive Director of Campus Dining | University of California, Santa Barbara | Nominated by BSI, Hobart, and Nestlé Professional

Business & Industry/Foodservice Management:

  • Sharon Eliatamby, Senior Project Manager | The World Bank Group | Nominated by PepsiCo


  • Randall J Sparrow, Director of Food & Environmental Services | ProHealth Care Nominated by PepsiCo and Ecolab

Grocery, Convenience, & Specialty Retail:

  • Mendy Meriwether, Director of Fresh Food | Wawa | Nominated by Tyson Foodservice

Independent Restaurant / Multi-Concept:

  • Richard "Dickie" Brennan, Jr., Founder | Dickie Brennan & Co. | Nominated by Nestlé Professional

Elementary & Secondary Schools:

  • Jessica Shelly, Director of Student Dining Services | Cincinnati Public Schools | Nominated by P&G Professional and Nestlé Professional

Travel & Leisure:

  • Chef Max Knoepfel, Executive Chef | Music City Center | Nominated by Basic American Foods

Chain Limited Service:

  • Rob Lynch, President & CEO | Papa John's International | Nominated by PepsiCo