IFMA announces 2009 Silver Plate winners

CHICAGO Celebrity chef Ming Tsai and McDonald’s chief executive James Skinner are among the recipients of this year’s Silver Plate awards, presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

The awards, which are bestowed annually, recognize excellence in nine areas of foodservice. Tsai, chef-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., won the award in the independent restaurant category. Skinner took the fast-service category.

Other 2009 Silver Plate winners are:

Sally Smith, president and chief executive of Buffalo Wild Wings in Minneapolis, who won the full-service chain award.

Betty Perez, director of food and nutrition services at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, won the Silver Plate in the Health Care category.

In education, Marcia Smith, director of foodservice for the Polk County School Board in Bartow, Fla., won among elementary and secondary schools, and Stuart Orefice, director of dining services at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., won for colleges and universities.

Robert Whitcomb, chief executive of Whitsons Culinary Group in Islandia, N.Y., won in the business & industry/foodservice management category.

In hotels and lodging, the award went to Ed Mady, vice president and area general manager for the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco.

Culinary Institute of America president Tim Ryan took the specialty foodservices category.

The 2009 recipients were selected by a jury of trade publication editors, including Ellen Koteff of Nation’s Restaurant News, and past winners.

All of the winners are eligible to win the Gold Plate Award, which will be presented in Chicago at a gala dinner during the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show on May 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

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