Nomination forms must be received at the New Mexico Restaurant Association no later than  Friday, June 29, 2018. Nominations received after this date will not be considered.  If a nomination form is submitted without complete information, it will not be considered as we must have the complete information in order to follow up with your nominee!

The official nomination criteria and details are below or contact us at events@nmrestaurants.com or at 505-343-9848 if you have any questions.

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* 1. Nominator 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
“NMRA’s Most Wanted”:  Best Brewery, Best Winery & Best Distillery
This year, as a tongue in cheek nod to the event theme, the New Mexico Restaurant Association will be recognizing the Best New Mexico Brewery, Best New Mexico Winery and Best New Mexico Distillery as nominated and voted on by the general public and our social media communities.  This category will require 2 levels of participation in order to ultimately select a winner:
     - First:  Nominations will be received here.  Everyone is welcome to issue nominations for each of the three categories.
     - Second:  July 5th, the top 5 nominees with the most nominations, in each category, will be put into a poll on the New Mexico Restaurant Association's Facebook page, and that poll will open for voting on July 9th.  The public social media voting will end on August 20th, and the winners for each category will be recognized at the 2018 Hospitality Industry Awards

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

* 3. Nominee Information

* 4. Why should this professional win? Include professional and educational accomplishments, community service, personal anecdotes, or other information you find relevant. If you wish, you may send attachments to events@nmrestaurants.org.  Make sure if you send an email that you include the name of the nominee in your email.

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