2023 Industry Award Winners

2023 Award Winners Include:

Restaurateurs of the Year- Dave & Jean Thompson, District 36 | Urban Grill | Urban Cellar | Urban on the Square | Greater Des Moines

Chef of the Year– Chef Mon Sayasit, Black Sheep Social Club | Cedar Rapids

Hospitality Employee of the Year– Andy Hoffman, Down Under | Clive

Emerging Leader – Sammy Mila, Cremé | Des Moines

Rural Operator of the Year – Chelsea Johnsen, Sisters in Cheese | Madrid

Purveyor Partner of the Year– Scott Ites, Atlantic Bottling Coca Cola | Des Moines

American Dream Award– Taufeek Shah, Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce | Des Moines

Faces of Diversity Award- Brenda Tran, Vietnam Cafe | Des Moines

Restaurant Neighbor Philanthropy Award- Willie Ray Fairley, Willie Ray’s Q Shack | Cedar Rapids

Industry Champion– Joe McConville, Gusto Pizza | The Breakfast Club | Anna Dolce | Juniper Moon | Greater Des Moines

Legislator of the Year– Representative Dave Deyoe, Iowa House District 49 | Nevada

Sustainability & Innovation Award-  Big Grove Brewery, Dan Moore | Iowa City | Cedar Rapids | Solon | Des Moines

ProStart Educator of Excellence – Chef Rolando Molina, Norwalk High School | Norwalk

Mentor of the Year- Chef Andy Walsh, Mickey’s Irish Pub | Waukee

Thank you to Sysco Iowa, Society Insurance & WoodRiver Energy  for sponsoring the 2023 Celebrating Excellence Award Winners!