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Nation’s Restaurant News announces 2024 MenuMasters winners

The winners will be fêted at a celebration in Chicago May 18

Nancy Silverton is being inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame as part of a slate of winners who have been honored for their culinary innovation in foodservice.

That includes Meherwan Irani of the Chai Pani Restaurant Group in Asheville, N.C., who is this year’s Innovator, and Samuel “Sam the Cooking Guy” Zien, based in San Diego, who is being awarded as Digital Innovator.

Additionally, CAVA has won the award for Best New Item with its Market Spice Bowl, Del Taco’s Birria Ramen has been named Best Limited-Time-Offer, and McDonald’s monumental reworking of how it cooks its burgers is being honored with Best Menu Revamp.

The award for Best Line Extension goes to Fogo de Chão for its crispy pork belly, and Tender Greens’ Blue Zone Bowl is being recognized for Healthful Innovation.

Presented by Nation’s Restaurant News and sponsored by Ventura Foods, the MenuMasters awards honor outstanding foodservice research and development. Winners have made innovations or created menu items that NRN’s editors have judged to have a significant impact on the industry.

The winners will be honored at a celebration on May 18 at a new location, at Morgan MFG in Chicago’s West Loop, where guests will be treated by a special menu developed by the award-winning chefs.

Learn more about the event at

Read on to learn more about this year’s honorees.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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