David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Associations (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in the college and university division.He will be honored at the IFMAs 51 st annual Gold and Silver Plate Celebration on May 23 (Monday) at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers inChicago.
The Silver and Gold Plate Awards are considered the highest honors in the food service industry.An independent jury selects Silver Plate winners who are outstanding operators in nine categories based upon nominations from colleagues, supplier-partners, and employees.The jury will announce one Silver Plate honoree as the Gold Plate winner at the award celebration.
The criteria for the awards are:strong leadership in food quality and menu, creation of successful employee training programs and providing superior career development opportunities, utilization of strong financial and operational management techniques, promotion of the food service industry, and community service.
People in the industry often say that Dave is a progressive thinker who has created numerous benchmarks for excellence,said one nominator about Prentkowski.
A native ofSouth Bend, Prentkowski was appointed Notre Dames director of food services in 1990 after previously directing food service operations for theUniversityofUtahand theUniversityofMichigans housing division.He holds bachelors and masters degrees in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management fromPurdueUniversity.