2019 INDUSTRY AWARDS CELEBRATION

January 13, 2019 - the Ivory Room 

An unforgettable evening

Celebrating Ohio's Best & Brightest


On January 13, 2019, the Ohio Restaurant Association held it's annual awards celebration spotlighting the hard work, dedication and outstanding professional & community services of our members.


We recognized their extraordinary contributions and innovative ideas: their use of technology, charitable contributions, transformative products and dedication to education. 


Through a lifetime of passion and leadership, these champions of the Ohio restaurant, foodservice & hospitality industry exemplify what it means to be the best. 



Scroll down for photos of our 2019 award winners! 




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Lifetime Achievement & Hall of Fame
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Lifetime Achievement & Hall of Fame
Cameron Mitchell, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
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Cameron Mitchell, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Hall of Fame
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Hall of Fame
Billy Ingram, White Castle
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Billy Ingram, White Castle
Hall of Fame
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Hall of Fame
Jeff Ruby, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment
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Jeff Ruby, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment
Outstanding Public Officials
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Outstanding Public Officials
Rep. Joyce Beatty & Rep. Steve Stivers
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Rep. Joyce Beatty & Rep. Steve Stivers
Outstanding Restaurateur - North
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Outstanding Restaurateur - North
Ray Horst, Das Dutch Haus
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Ray Horst, Das Dutch Haus
Outstanding Restaurateur - South
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Outstanding Restaurateur - South
Gary Rodriguez, El Rancho Grande Family of Restaurants
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Gary Rodriguez, El Rancho Grande Family of Restaurants
Outstanding Restaurateur - Central
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Outstanding Restaurateur - Central
Jessica & Thad Kittrell, 101 Beer Kitchen
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Jessica & Thad Kittrell, 101 Beer Kitchen
Tech Titan
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Tech Titan
Prakash Karamchandani, Palance Pan-Asian Grill
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Prakash Karamchandani, Palance Pan-Asian Grill
Rising Star
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Rising Star
Natalie & Jordan Helman, Zest Juice Co. & High Bank Distillery
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Natalie & Jordan Helman, Zest Juice Co. & High Bank Distillery
Rising Star
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Rising Star
Tanisha Robinson, BrewDog
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Tanisha Robinson, BrewDog
Nourishing the Community
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Nourishing the Community
El Vaquero Restaurants
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El Vaquero Restaurants
Outstanding Vendor
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Outstanding Vendor
Alliah Sheta, UnitedHealthcare
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Alliah Sheta, UnitedHealthcare
Back of the House
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Back of the House
Antonino Lopez, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
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Antonino Lopez, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
Front of the House
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Front of the House
Brandon Rose, Jeff Ruby's Precinct
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Brandon Rose, Jeff Ruby's Precinct
Industry Innovator
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Industry Innovator
Brandown Chrostowski, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
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Brandown Chrostowski, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
Outstanding Educator
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Outstanding Educator
Jim Taylor, Columbus State Community CollegeLess
Jim Taylor, Columbus State Community College
ORA Staff Member - Core Values
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ORA Staff Member - Core Values
Jennifer Nieuwstadt Less
Jennifer Nieuwstadt 
ORA Board Member of the Year
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ORA Board Member of the Year
Roy Getz
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Roy Getz