TORONTO — The Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) has announced this year’s Gold Award Honorees, commending hospitality leaders in the province. 

“The 2013 OHI Gold Awards adjudication committee selected a diverse group of men and women who are reflective of our geographical culinary and hospitality strengths and are perfectly complimentary to our special Platinum Awardee, Isadore Sharp, and his stature on the worldwide stage of hospitality and tourism,” said J. Charles Grieco, chair and president of the OHI, while speaking about the founder and chairman of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Isadore Sharp is giant within the luxury accommodations industry and brings great honour to Canada and our multi-faceted hospitality industry.”

The remaining honorees include: Jeff Fuller, president and CEO, Joey Restaurants (Foodservice Chain Operator); Bob Desautels, founder, Borealis Grillhouse & Pub (Independent Restaurateur); David Smythe, GM, Lord Elgin Hotel (Hotelier); Anne DesBrisay, writer, author, food critic (Media/Publishing);
Dr. David Martin, director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University (Educator); Lynn Crawford, co-owner and chef (Chef); Hart Melvin, founder, Gelato Fresco (Supplier); and Niagara Food Specialties, Mario Pingue Jr., GM (Artisan).

The awards will be presented at the 23rd Annual OHI Gold Awards Dinner, which will be held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel April 18.

The Ontario Hostelry Institute, which was established in 1977, promotes training and education within the hospitality sector.

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