TORONTO — Kostuch Publications Limited, publishers of the industry-leading magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, honoured the winners of its 2010 Pinnacle Awards following a gala luncheon at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Friday, Dec. 3.
Close to 500 industry executives were on hand to see Montreal-based MTY Group, which boasts $430 million sales, 25 distinct banners and more than 1,700 units, recognized as 2010’s Company of the Year (National) for Foodservice and Hospitality magazine, while Starwood Hotels and Resorts was awarded the Company of the Year (National) for Hotelier magazine.
Other category winners for Foodservice and Hospitality included: Joey Restaurant Group, Vancouver, as Regional Company of the Year, Western Canada; Murphy Group, Charlottetown, as Regional Company of the Year, Eastern Canada; Sal Howell of River Café and Boxwood, Calgary, as Independent Restaurateur of the Year; and MenuPalace.com, Toronto, as Supplier of the Year. Vancouver’s A&W Foodservice of Canada won in the category of Franchise Excellence. The inaugural Chef of the Year award was presented to Jonathan Gushue of Cambridge, Ont.’s acclaimed Langdon Hall. Last year, the culinary icon was named a Grand Chef by Relais et Châteaux, the international association of inns.
Other Hotelier winners included: Sawridge Inns and Conference Centres, Edmonton, as Regional Company of the Year; Geoff Allan, GM of Montreal’s Hôtel Le Crystal de la Montagne as Hotelier of the Year; and Group Lockhart Inc., London, Ont., as Supplier of the Year.
“Since introducing the first industry award in 1988, Foodservice and Hospitality has honoured a diverse group of leaders for their continued success and achievements, representing every facet of the industry, from upscale restaurants to quick-service chains,” said Kostuch Publications editor and publisher, Rosanna Caira. “Each of this year’s winners are distinguished for their contributions to the image of the industry through civic, educational and community involvement, as well as their efforts in establishing innovative concepts in foodservice or hotel management.” Hotelier magazine’s first annual Hotelier of the Year award, representing similar achievement in the hotel industry, was presented in 1994.
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