Competition Entries

Food Management magazine’s annual “Best Concept Awards Competition”

Food Management has sponsored the Best Concept Awards program since 1998 with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best practices and the most innovative thinking in onsite foodservice. Each year, our editors evaluate well over 100 entries and nominations, judging them on a variety of factors ranging from their creativity to their impact on a given program and their effectiveness in achieving targeted results. Each year’s winners are highlighted in a special issue of the magazine and at our annual conference.

Nominations must be for a program or operation at a noncommercial or onsite operation (no commercial restaurants are eligible). Nominations can come from any source, including other operators, members of a foodservice department, manufacturers, consultants or administrators at an institution.

The deadline for the 2014 competition is March 30, 2014. For more information on the Best Concept Awards program and to obtain a nomination form, fill out the form below.

You can also read about past winners of these awards elsewhere on the Food Management website at FM's Best Concept Awards.

International Foodservice  Manufacturers Association’s annual “Gold and Silver Plate Awards”

IFMA has sponsored the Gold and Silver Plate Awards program since 1955 and it remains one of the premier honors in the foodservice industry. Nominations are accepted in the fall of each year for the following year’s event, with Silver Plate winners selected in none commercial and noncommercial operator segments, ranging from Healthcare and the College/University market to K-12 Schools, B&I/Contract Management and Chain and Independent Restaurants. The awards are presented (and the Gold Plate winner announced) at an annual gala event held in Chicago during the National Restaurant Show.

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Silver Plate program is December 20, 2013. For more information and for nomination forms, go to

Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards

The Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) awards program has honored leading foodservice operators from across the Child Nutrition segment since 1989. Sponsored cooperatively by several leading foodservice manufacturers (Tyson Foods Inc., Basic American Foods and Schwan’s Food Service, Inc.), it honors school nutrition professionals who raise industry standards by tackling the complex challenges within their school districts and communities. Each year, the winners are recognized at a special evening event held during the School Nutrition Association’s annual Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in January.

The 2014 Nomination process is now closed. The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida.

For more information on the nominating process, go to

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