February 27 - March 1, 2022

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

RC Awards Of Excellence

Now Accepting Nominations

Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry is powered by passionate, innovative and creative people, from business owners and chefs to frontline staff and suppliers, and the many others who team up to serve more than 22 million customers every day. Do you know someone whose contributions have made a difference to their community, province or the entire country? Shine a spotlight on the extraordinary foodservice individuals you know by nominating them for a Restaurants Canada Award of Excellence.

Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Leadership Award

  • Made an outstanding and pioneering contribution to Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry
  • Had a positive and measurable impact in their community
  • The impact could be based on one major initiative or several smaller actions over time pertaining to employment opportunities, arts and culture, sustainability, philanthropy, community involvement or other worthy areas

Presented at Breakfast With Champions

Culinary Excellence

  • Made an outstanding contribution to Canada’s culinary landscape
  • Set a new standard for creating culinary experiences that delight the senses
  • Inspires others through their culinary knowledge, passion and skill
  • Practices the highest standards of food quality and safety

Innovation Award

  • Created a game-changing Canadian product or service for foodservice operators
  • This innovation must make a significant positive impact on foodservice operations and add measurable value, such as generating traffic, reducing costs, enhancing the customer experience, etc.
  • This innovation must be highly relevant to a clearly defined target market

Presented on Speaker Stage

2021 Award Winners


Leadership Award

Zita Cobb

Founder & CEO, Shorefast Group

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Culinary Excellence

Chris Zielinski

Culinary Director, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE)

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Innovation Award

Gastronomous Technologies

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SUZANNE BARR<br><span>Chef, Social Advocate, Author, Suzanne Barr Food</span>

Social Advocacy

Suzanne Barr

Chef, Social Advocate, Author, Suzanne Barr Food

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Legacy Award

Anita Stewart

President, Food Day Canada & Flavours of Canada

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2020 Award Winners

Leadership Award

Keith Hoare

Culinary Instructor & Chopped Canada Winner

Culinary Excellence

Bill Alexander

Indigenous Executive Chef

Innovation Award

TFI Equipment

Pizza Forno Oven


We invite you to nominate a deserving individual for any of the three category awards listed above.

Deadline: January 16, 2022 at 11:59PM EST