John Metz Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

             John Metz Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Presents Gold Plate
Award to Leader in Independent Restaurants Segment

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, May 21, 2013

CHICAGO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --John C. Metz, Jr., CEO, Executive Chef
and Co-Founder, Sterling Hospitality, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by
the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 20 at
Chicago's historic Great Hall at Union Station. Metz, nominated by The
Coca-Cola Company and Ecolab, was one of eight outstanding operator executives
who were eligible for the award after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate award in
February. He represents the Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept segment.


"I'm proud to accept this recognition on behalf of the 859 employees in our
company in Florida and Georgia. They are spectacular people and they are
unbelievable resources," said Metz. "They are the true recipients of something
like this."

It was a special night for the Metz family. Metz is carrying on his father's
legacy by being the second in his family to receive a Silver Plate award. His
father, John C. Metz, Sr., received the award in 1979 in the Foodservice
Management category.

Now in its 59^th year, IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate Awards are considered the
most coveted operator awards in the foodservice industry. The awards pay
tribute to leading foodservice operators who have contributed to the
advancement of their individual segments and the foodservice industry as a

In addition to Metz, the 2013 Silver Plate recipients include: Jay Silverstein
(Business & Industry/Foodservice Management), Harald Herrmann (Chain Full
Service/Multi-Concept), Don Fox (Chain Limited Service), Ken Toong (Colleges &
Universities), Julia Bauscher (Elementary & Secondary Schools), Angelo Mojica
(Health Care) and Jim Purdum (Hotels & Lodging).

The Gold Plate award recipient was determined through secret ballot by a jury
of past Silver Plate winners, national trade press editors, foodservice
experts and the chairperson of the International Gold & Silver Plate Society.
The Selection Jury was chaired by Nancy Kruse, President, The Kruse Company.
The ballot was tallied by BDO USA, LLP and kept confidential until the
announcement at the Gold & Silver Plate Celebration on May 20.

Dave Thomas of Wendy's ('79) and Steve Ells of Chipotle ('03) are among the
renowned operators who have received IFMA Gold and Silver Plates over the
years. The May 20 Gold & Silver Plate Celebration, which drew nearly 600
industry media, leaders and legends, was hosted by Gold Plate recipient ('84)
Ted Balestreri, Chairman & CEO, Cannery Row Company.

For more information on the Gold & Silver Plate Awards or photos from the
Celebration, visit

About International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)

IFMA is a leading trade association comprised of the world's most prestigious
food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice
industry, as well as related marketing service organizations, trade
publications, distributors and brokers. IFMA's mission is to serve as a
business partner to its members by bringing them relevant, actionable services
that are fundamental to their business assessment, planning and execution. For
more information, visit Follow IFMA on Twitter: @IFMAWORLD or
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Contact: Lisa Ptak, (312) 253-4690.
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