Nomination forms must be received at the New Mexico Restaurant Association no later than Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 by 12 Noon. Nominations received after this date will not be considered.  If a nomination form is submitted without complete information, it will not be considered.  Forms must include complete first and last name and a current email address for BOTH the Nominator and the Nominee. 

The official nomination criteria and details are below.  Please make sure your nominee meets the requirements for the award category you are nominating them for.  Please contact us at events@nmrestaurants.org or at 505-343-9848 if you have any questions regarding the nomination criteria.

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* 1. Nominator Information - this is YOUR information

Manager of the Year
The “Manager of the Year” honors and acknowledges deserving restaurant managers. Many New Mexico restaurants are operated on a daily basis by outstanding managers. To be eligible for New Mexico’s outstanding “Manager of the Year,” the nominee must be someone who:
     - Contributes to the advancement and prestige of the foodservice industry
     - Is employed in a managerial position, and has been actively engaged and employed in the foodservice industry for a minimum of the past three consecutive years
     - Exemplifies outstanding managerial skills including team building, customer service, and facilitation of a remarkable dining experience


Restaurant Neighbor Award
Each year, the New Mexico Restaurant Association honors restaurants that are actively involved in community service with the Restaurant Neighbor Award. Restaurants may nominate themselves for this award. To be eligible for New Mexico’s outstanding “Restaurant Neighbor Award,” the nominee must be an owner or establishment who:
     - Is actively committed to community service and charitable giving and can illustrate this activism through specific projects, campaigns, and involvement
     - Can detail their community service activities with facts and figures and testimonials


Restaurateur of the Year
The “Restaurateur of the Year” award is the highest honor a person can receive in the New Mexico restaurant industry. Nominees may be an individual or a partnership with one or more foodservice operations. Only one award is given, so make your nomination count! To be eligible for New Mexico’s outstanding “Restaurateur of the Year,” the nominee must be someone who:
     - Contributes to the advancement and prestige of the foodservice industry
     - Is actively engaged and employed in the foodservice industry for a minimum of the past three consecutive years as a restaurant  owner or manager
     - Demonstrates contributions of leadership, service, and involvement in community and/or civic affairs
     - Exemplifies excellence in customer service, employee relations, innovation, and passion for the industry


Chef of the Year
The “Chef of the Year” category was established to recognize an exemplary chef in New Mexico. To be eligible for New Mexico’s outstanding “Chef of the Year,” the nominee must be someone who:
     - Contributes to the advancement and prestige of the foodservice industry
     - Is currently employed in the foodservice industry in New Mexico, and has been actively engaged and employed in the foodservice industry for a minimum of the past three consecutive years
     - Demonstrates leadership, creativity, and culinary excellence in their workplace
     - Exemplifies remarkable guest service, mentorship, and quality inside and outside the kitchen

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* 2. Please choose ONE nomination category. If you want to make nominations for multiple categories, you need to complete multiple nomination forms.

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* 3. Nominee Information

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* 4. Why should this professional win? Include professional and educational accomplishments, community service, personal anecdotes, or other information you find relevant.  We will also be contacting your nominee for additional information.  If you wish, you may send up to 2 pages of collateral to events@nmrestaurants.org.  Make sure if you send an email that you include the name of your nominee as well as the award you are nominating them for, in your email.

Please join us for the 2022 Hospitality Industry Awards Gala on Monday, November 14, 2022 at Embassy Suites in Albuquerque, NM!  If you would like additional information about the 2022 Hospitality Industry Awards Gala, please click here to sign up for our newsletter and we will let you know when tickets/tables and additional event information become available.  Please consider purchasing a ticket for your nominee in order to guarantee their attendance at the event when winners will be announced and awards presented!

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