KML Names 2021’s Top-30-Under-30 Winners


TORONTO – Kostuch Media Ltd. (KML) has announced its 2021 Top 30 Under 30 award winners.

The annual awards program recognizes the hospitality industry’s top young performers, helping to create and inspire a future generation of hospitality leaders. It also promotes self-esteem and pride for young professionals and provides exemplary role models for those forging careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.

According to Rosanna Caira, editor and publisher of Kostuch Media’s Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier magazines, “I continue to be hugely impressed by the quality of each year’s nominees and this year’s crop of rising stars was truly exceptional, demonstrating that tomorrow’s hospitality industry is in great hands.”

The Top-30-under-30 winners (see list below) represent a cross-section of the industry including restaurants, hotels, entrepreneurs, tourism-related businesses and suppliers. The idea for the program was developed by Bruce McAdams, associate professor at the University of Guelph, and the program was launched in 2006 by the Ontario Hostelry Institute, under the guidance of J. Charles Grieco to recognize the hospitality industry’s top young performers.

Grieco sadly passed away in 2019, at which time, KML assumed control of the recognition program.

Helping KML to determine each year’s winners is an adjudication committee, comprised of Bruce McAdams, associate professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism, University of Guelph; Gracie Reesor, assistant general manager of Restaurants, Eataly Toronto; Cyrus Cooper, professor, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Centennial College; Dario Guescini, director, Work Integrated Learning, George Brown College; Lee Jackson, vice-president of Retail Business Development, JLL; James Vosburgh, president, Imago Restaurants; Liana Carniello, director, Human Resources, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel; Sara D’amato, writer, sommelier and wine consultant; and David Martin, professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.

Due to gathering restrictions caused by COVID-19, last year’s Top-30 winners were fệted virtually in a KML webcast. This year, KML hopes to honour the Top 30 winners at a ceremony to be held in early fall. More details will follow as they become available.

This year’s KML Top 30 Under 30 honourees are:

Amber DouelFront Office ManagerDelta Hotels by Marriott – Vancouver Downtown Suites
Ashley OrtonGeneral ManagerThe Mule
Ben KersleyChefThe Common Stove
Bonnie NetheryGeneral ManagerDescendants Beer & Beverage Co.
Brandon ClemensExecutive ChefThe Bruce Hotel
Candace KimballGeneral ManagerEarls Kitchen + Bar
Drew SavichAssistant General ManagerKef Steakhouse and Bar – Grande Prairie
Eric ValenteSous-ChefCanoe Restaurant
Imrun Texeira
Jasmine BurjiDirector of Member RelationsIndigenous Tourism Ontario
Joel KaastraRestaurant General ManagerFairmont Chateau Whistler – Portobello Restaurant
Kathryn FerriesSous-ChefStofa Restaurant
Lynsee YeeDirector of BanquetsFairmont Empress
Marina ElsenerDirector, Sustainable Development, Diversity & Inclusion, North & Central AmericaAccor Hotels
Meghan WrightGeneral ManagerOliver & Bonacini
Michael LamCulinary Director/ Owner & Chef De CuisineGood Behaviour Ice Cream and Ascari Hospitality Group
Mohsen DastpakRegional Director of Operations – Fraser ValleyEarls Restaurant
Naji KhouriGuest Experience Manager, Chef ConciergeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Nicole ChanProgram Manager, Guest ExperienceSonder
Nils SchabertManager of Bar & MixologyFairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Pouravi MedirattaChef de PartieBoehmer
Rachel AdjeiFounder and Executive ChefThe Abibiman Project
Raquel FranceOwner / Baking and Pastry ProfessorQ’s Cakes / Conestoga College
Ray Marvin SyegcoChef and OwnerIncoho Restaurant
Rus YessenovDirector of MixologyFairmont Royal York
Ruthann MeulenSous-ChefThe Jacob Senior Living
Selah SchmollPastry Chef and OwnerIncoho Restaurant
Sneha NayakAssistant F&B ManagerSheraton Gateway Hotel
Stefanie CirilloAssistant General Manager, RestaurantsEataly Toronto
Yonnie WongAccount ManagerSnapcommerce

For more information on the Top-30-Under-30 program, please contact Jhanelle Porter at [email protected]

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