B-Bops' owner earns 'Restaurateur of the Year' title from Iowa Restaurant Association
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Another year has gone by and Iowa restaurant professionals continue to strive for excellence in the industry.
In conjunction with the Iowa Hospitality Convention and Expo, the Iowa Restaurant Association will host its annual Tasting Gala and Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Iowa Events Center on Nov. 18.
The awards honor hospitality industry leaders across the state.
2019 award winners
This year’s winners include:
- Restaurateur of the Year - Robert Johnson, B-Bops, Des Moines
- Chef of the Year - Chef Kevin Scharpf, Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar, Dubuque
- Emerging Hospitality Leader - Chris Diebel, Bubba & Teddy Maroon’s, Des Moines
- Restaurant Employee of the Year - Emily Hudson, Hemispheres Bistro, Bettendorf
- American Dream Award Winner - Chef Austina Smith, Grand Living at Bridgewater, Coralville
- Faces of Diversity Award - Chef Bobby Singleton, Cashus Italian Cuisine, Batavia
- Purveyor Partner - Brad Korkow, Society Insurance, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Industry Champion - Mike Holms, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill and Jethro’s BBQ, Des Moines
- ProStart Educator of Excellence - Jane Hoegh, Hampton-Dumont High School, Hampton
- ProStart Mentor - Chef Michael Gabrielson, Isle Casino Hotel, Bettendorf
- Restaurant Neighbor Philanthropy Award - Kim Brown, Inspired Luncheonette, Readlyn
- Legislator - State Sen. Carrie Koelker, Senate District 29, Dyersville
Prior to the awards ceremony, the association will host its annual Grand Tasting Gala. The gala will be from 3-4 p.m. and allows the public to celebrate with the award winners, as well as sample dishes from the Iowa Restaurant Association’s statewide culinary competition.
There will be spirits, wine and beer samples, live music and attendees will also have a chance to cast a vote in a People’s Choice Award.
Tickets are $39 and available at restaurantiowa.com.