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IRA Centennial

Restaurant Industry Living Legend Awards

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Illinois Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the Restaurant Industry Living Legend Awards, which will recognize the men and women whose lifework has enriched the State's robust restaurant community. There are six Living Legend Awards, each to honor an individual or organization whom all thinking eaters should know, who has made an indelible mark upon Illinois' cuisine and culture, and who has set standards in the hospitality industry. Nominations are now open. Nominate someone today!

The Illinois Restaurant Association Centennial Committee will consider all nominees and select final recipients,
who will be honored at the Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon in February.

Categories include:

Outstanding Restaurateur Award:
This award honors the restaurant owner or manager who has a long standing tradition of showing originality, quality and service to customers. The nominees should be successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees and community.

Outstanding Chef Award:
The Outstanding Chef Award recognizes a chef in Illinois whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals.

Humanitarian Award:
The Humanitarian Award honors an individual or organization working in Illinois' restaurant industry who has given selflessly and worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and society at large.

Sara Rowe ProStart® Company Award:
This award honors the company that has demonstrated a long standing dedication of going above and beyond the call of duty to support the IRAEF ProStart® Program and its students. This company has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting students interested in the restaurant industry. The winner may be an elected official, a restaurant operator or a supplier.

Outstanding Vendor Award:
The Outstanding Vendor award recognizes the industry supplier, an individual or company with a long standing reputation for providing superior service and quality products in the industry.

Outstanding Service/Guardian of Tradition Award:
The Guardian of Tradition Award spotlights a server, maître d’, or other whose hospitality has helped keep alive a standard of service and character of community.

Do you know someone who deserves to be honored? Please complete your nominations by January 31, 2014.



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