The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) has named the 2014 winners of the Silver Plate Awards, which recognize excellence in eight foodservice segments.

The winners were chosen by a jury of industry trade press editors, other foodservice experts and the chairman of the International Gold & Silver Plate Society for their outstanding industry achievements and commitment to innovation.

The winners are:

Limited-service chain: Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital Group, based in Atlanta

Full-service chain or multi-concept operator: Jim Broadhurst, chairman of Eat ’n Park Hospitality Group, based in Homestead, Pa.

Independent restaurants: Jack Williams, co-founder of Richie’s Real American Diner, with four units in southern California

Hotels and lodging: Brad Nelson, vice president of food and beverage, culinary and global corporate chef of Marriott International, based in Bethesda, Md.

Specialty foodservices: Kevin D’Onofrio, director of foodservice, culinary group, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Health care: Lisette Coston, executive director of support services for Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla.

Elementary and secondary schools: Sandra Ford, director of food and nutrition services at Manatee County Schools in Florida

Colleges and universities: Mark LoParco, director of dining at the University of Montana in Missoula

“We are privileged to award this year’s class of Silver Plate recipients,” IFMA president and chief executive Larry Oberkfell said in a press release announcing the winners. “The Gold & Silver Plate Awards are the IFMA community’s way of celebrating greatness within the operator community and acknowledging the leadership and dedication these particular individuals have put forth to advance the foodservice industry.”  

One of the winners will be named the 2014 IFMA Gold Plate Award winner at the 60th annual celebration at the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago on May 19.

Read more about the Silver Plate winners at Food Management >>

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