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*BREAKING NEWS* Restaurant Association of Maryland Honors Its 2009 ‘Stars of the Industry’

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The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) announced its annual award winners at the 55th Annual McCormick & Company Stars of the Industry Awards Gala … just moments ago. The Gala is a celebratory event of industry recognition that brings together over 800 of hospitality’s best and brightest to spotlight the industry’s influence as a part of the nation’s foundation of opportunity. I am here at the Gala so without further ado let me give you the Maryland winners

• Restaurateur of the Year- Leighton Moore, Seacrets Bar and Grill (Ocean City)

• 2009 Chef of the Year- Chef Michael Gettier, Antrim 1844 (Taneytown)

• 2009 Favorite Bar and Tavern- Fager’s Island (Ocean City)

• 2009 Pastry Chef of the Year- Chef Arismendy Infantale (Baltimore)

• 2009 Favorite Caterer- Putting on the Ritz (Laurel)

• 2009 Wine and Beverage Program of the Year- Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar (Ocean City)

• Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant 2008- Mitchum’s Steakhouse (Trappe)

• Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant 2009- Marlin Moon Grill (Ocean City)

• Allied Member of the Year- Lankford Sysco Food Services represented by Fred Lankford

• The Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award- Nicholas Mangione (Turf Valley Resort)

• The Schellhase Award- Steve F. de Castro of Big Steaks Management

• The McCormick Cornerstone Award-Bill Bateman’s (Havre de Grace); Glory Days Grill (Gaithersburg); The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille (Edgewater); SODEXO (Gaithersburg)

Maryland Hall of Honor inductees included Fager’s Island (Ocean City); Jimmy’s Cantler’s Riverside Inn (Annapolis); McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar, (Annapolis); Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant (Ellicott City); Three Brothers Italian Restaurant (Greenbelt); Turf Valley Resort (Ellicott City)

Marshall Weston, executive vice president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation, introduced RAMEF ProStart Teacher of the Year Bette Mullins (Carver Center for Arts and Technology). The RAMEF ProStart Student of the Year is Francisco Flores (High Point High School). The Marcia Harris Scholarship winners are Sarah Baker (Howard High School) and Monica Preibisch (Howard Community College).

The foto is of Leighton Moore accepting the Restaurateur of the Year Award.

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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