IFMA Announces 2009 Silver Plate Winners

 The awards recognize excellence in nine segments of the industry, and are the lead-up to the industry’s top honor for an operator, the Gold Plate Award, which will be presented in Chicago on May 18, during the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel show.

This year’s Silver Plate Award winners, selected by a jury of trade publication editors and past recipients, are:

•    Independent Restaurants: Ming Tsai, Chef/Owner, Blue Ginger
•    Chain, Full Service: Sally Smith, president and ceo, Buffalo Wild Wings
•    Chain, Fast Service: James Skinner, vice chairman, ceo, McDonald’s Corp.
•    Healthcare: Betty Perez, director of food & nutrition, University of Medicine/Dentistry of New Jersey – The University Hospital
•    Elementary and Secondary Schools: Marcia Smith, director of school foodservice, Polk County School Board
•    Colleges and Universities: Stuart Orefice, director of dining services, Princeton University
•    Business & Industry/Foodservice Management: Robert E. Whitcomb, chairman & ceo, Whitsons Culinary Group
•    Specialty Foodservices: L. Timothy Ryan, president, The Culinary Institute of America
•    Hotels and Lodging: Ed Mady, vice president and area general manager, Ritz Carlton, San Francisco

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