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2020 Industry Awards

Apply or Nominate Before Time Runs Out


Get The Recognition You Deserve!

Only one week left to apply for the 2020 Restaurant Industry Awards

Deadline to apply: October 14, 2019


  • Receive an all-expense paid trip to the Washington, DC Awards Gala (Spring 2020)

  • Win $10,000 to support your favorite non-profit or $7,500 in ProStart scholarships dedicated in your name*

  • Get a professional video made to showcase your restaurant


Follow these simple steps for a chance to win:

  1. Create a log-in account

  2. Fill out the application for the Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity, or Ambassador of Hospitality Award to the best of your ability (don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers, you can share the link with others to help complete the process once you log in)

  3. Submit your nomination! 

Still have questions? Check out the Awards FAQs or contact Alyssa Prince -


* See FAQs for details on each award

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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