Frankie Tomatto’s Restaurant Innovation Competition Announces Semi-finalists


MARKHAM, Ont. — The School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management at the University of Guelph is proud to announce the semi-finalists of the second annual Frankie Tomatto’s Restaurant Innovation Competition as Krista Emery and Heidi Ahrens (Humber College); Sunny Choi and Jenny Kim (University of Guelph) as well as Rebecca McIlroy and Chloe Blais (University of Guelph).

The Restaurant Innovation competition challenges post-secondary students enrolled in hospitality programs to develop new foodservice ideas related to products, technology, sales, service, concept or equipment. The final stage of the competition will take place March 2 when the semi-finalists will present their innovations at The Restaurants Canada Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

First-place winners will receive $3,000 plus sessions with a legal firm, financial firm and creative firm to discuss the innovation.

The top eight teams will receive a plaque acknowledging their achievement, in honour of the late Mitch Kostuch, founder of Kostuch Media and a founder of the Frankie Tomatto’s Restaurant Innovation Awards.

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