TORONTO — KML has unveiled the winners of its Top-30-Under-30 program, which celebrates and recognizes future generations of hospitality leaders who are and will continue to make a difference. This year’s recipients, representing both restaurants and hotels from across Canada, were chosen based not only on job performance, but also their leadership or leadership potential and their professional and/or industry-related volunteer work.

“It’s both gratifying and inspiring to see the high calibre of young winners in this year’s Top 30-Under-30 competition,” says Rosanna Caira, editor/publisher, KML. “Every year, the bar for excellence continues to be set higher. It certainly bodes well for the future leadership of the foodservice and hospitality industry.”

In April 2019, KML announced it would take over production of the annual program from the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI), following the passing of Charles Grieco, former president of the OHI. It also announced it would take the program national for the first time in its 14-year history.

“We’re thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to do so and we’re proud to continue recognizing tomorrow’s leaders who undoubtedly will make the industry more vibrant, more successful and more socially and ethically relevant,” says Caira. “We look forward to keeping our readers updated as to how the program will evolve in the future, but one factor will remain constant: by strengthening the Top 30 Under 30, we’ll continue to honour the memory of the man who made it all possible — J. Charles Grieco.”

The awards reflect KML’s mandate to provide educational support and programs for future generations to succeed. They promote self-esteem and pride for young professionals and provide exemplary role models for young professionals forging careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.   

The Top 30 Under 30 Awards will be presented on April 21, 2020 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel as part of KML’s inaugural VISION 20/20 conference. Tickets are available here.

This year’s Top-30-Under-30 winners are: 

Adam Haick director of Asset Management InnVest Hotels 
Amanda Lemosassistant director, Human ResourcesSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Anish Tanejasenior vice-presidentPalm Holdings
Daniel Angusjunior sous chefLangdon Hall
Duncan Chiudirector, DevelopmentCoast Hotels
Emily Robinsonpresident, My World My ChoiceUniversity of Guelph
Erin Rolantyassistant winemakerRosewood Estates Winery
Isabelle Heringtonrevenue managerFairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Jane Suhgeneral managerOliver & Bonacini Hospitality
Jessica Colvinsales and event specialistDrake Hotel Properties
Justin Tsesous chefAtelier Restaurant
Karla GomezFood & Beverage Service managerChelsea Hotel
Landon LogieEvents managerCulinary Tourism Alliance
Lukas Vallée Valletta director of Front Office, Royal Service and ReservationFairmont Le Manoir Richelieu 
Madison VineEvents managerAndrew Peller Ltd.
Marvin Palomochef de cuisine7 Enoteca
Megan Van Der BaarsSocial Media managerFairmont Royal York Hotel
Meghan PrattHuman Resources managerOmni King Edward Hotel
Nick Yuli Linsous chefConstantine Restaurant
Pallavi Misrarestaurant managerImago Restaurants Inc
Paul van der Merwecommercial winemakerArterra Wines Canada
Peter Keithco-owner/GMMeuwly’s
Raffaele Ventronechef de cuisineBar Buca Eglington
Rafael Covarrubiasexecutive chefHexagon Restaurant
Ryan Zanettebusiness managerNicholas Pearce Wines Inc.
Steven Gambeeassistant general managerOliver & Bonacini Hospitality
Suraj GuptaChief Investment OfficerEaston’s Group of Hotels
Tina ChanEvents manager Westin Harbour Castle 
Tina Tangpastry chefPredator Ridge Golf Resort
Tom Beckettvice-president, VancouverHVS

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