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Restaurant Industry Awards

Celebrating Diversity, Community Service and Lifetime Achievement

On March 27, 2019, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation celebrated our industry stars at the Annual Restaurant Industry Awards, in Washington, DC. As one of the most diverse and inclusive industries in the country, restaurants play an essential role in building strong and vibrant communities. 

Check out what our M.C. Tommy McFly was up to before taking the stage at the Awards Gala.


Faces of Diversity American Dream Award

The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream.

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Restaurant Neighbor Award

Founded in partnership with American Express, the Restaurant Neighbor Award celebrates and highlights the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. 

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Thad & Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award

The Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, is the premiere award bestowed by the NRAEF to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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National ProStart Educators of Excellence Award

The NRAEF’s ProStart Educator Excellence Awards, made possible by Brinker International, recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms. Each participating state restaurant association nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program. 

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More than 250 ProStart educators from 40 states will receive specialized culinary and restaurant management training this summer at a series of weeklong professional development workshops.

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