Toronto food writer James Chatto has called the Ontario Hostelry Institute‘s annual Gold Awards gala “the hospitality industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.”
Every year since 1977, the Institute recognizes and provides scholarships to promising young people looking for careers in the food and hospitably industry. And every year it choses to honour one Ontario chef, independent restaurateur, hotelier, food supplier, food writer, stylist, culinary educator, and artisan. It also choses a Ontario Foodservice Chain or Group worthy of commendation.
I am delighted with the just-received news that Ottawa’s own Bridgehead (a chain of 16 coffeehouses and a roastery to date) has been awarded the top prize under the “Food Service Provider” category. Congratulations to Tracey Clark and the entire Bridgehead family!
The list of all the 2016 winners, along with the Chairman’s (J.Charles Grieco) Lifetime Achievement Gold Awards are found here. The Gold Awards annual gala is on April 21st in Toronto.