TORONTO — KML has unveiled the winners of its Top 30-Under-30 program, which celebrates and recognizes future generations of hospitality leaders who are and will continue to make a difference. This year’s recipients, representing both restaurants and hotels from across Canada, were chosen based not only on job performance, but also their leadership or leadership potential and their professional and/or industry-related volunteer work.

“It’s both gratifying and inspiring to see the high calibre of young winners in this year’s Top 30-Under-30 competition,” says Rosanna Caira, editor/publisher, KML. “Every year, the bar for excellence continues to be set higher. It certainly bodes well for the future leadership of the foodservice and hospitality industry.”

In April 2019, KML announced it would take over production of the annual program from the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI), following the passing of Charles Grieco, former president of the OHI. It also announced it would take the program national for the first time in its 14-year history.

“We’re thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to do so and we’re proud to continue recognizing tomorrow’s leaders who undoubtedly will make the industry more vibrant, more successful and more socially and ethically relevant,” says Caira. “We look forward to keeping our readers updated as to how the program will evolve in the future, but one factor will remain constant: by strengthening the Top 30 Under 30, we’ll continue to honour the memory of the man who made it all possible — J. Charles Grieco.”

The awards reflect KML’s mandate to provide educational support and programs for future generations to succeed. They promote self-esteem and pride for young professionals and provide exemplary role models for young professionals forging careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.

The Top 30 Under 30 Awards will be presented on April 21, 2020 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel as part of KML’s inaugural VISION 20/20 conference. Tickets are available here.

This year’s Top 30-Under-30 winners are:

Adam Haick director of Asset Management InnVest Hotels
Amanda Lemos assistant director, Human Resources Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Anish Taneja senior vice-president Palm Holdings
Daniel Angus junior sous chef Langdon Hall
Duncan Chiu director, Development Coast Hotels
Emily Robinson president, My World My Choice University of Guelph
Erin Rolanty assistant winemaker Rosewood Estates Winery
Isabelle Herington revenue manager Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Jane Suh general manager Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality
Jessica Colvin sales and event specialist Drake Hotel Properties
Justin Tse sous chef Atelier Restaurant
Karla Gomez Food & Beverage Service manager Chelsea Hotel
Landon Logie Events manager Culinary Tourism Alliance
Lukas Vallée Valletta director of Front Office, Royal Service and Reservation Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Madison Vine Events manager Andrew Peller Ltd.
Marvin Palomo chef de cuisine 7 Enoteca
Megan Van Der Baars Social Media manager Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Meghan Pratt Human Resources manager Omni King Edward Hotel
Nick Yuli Lin sous chef Constantine Restaurant
Pallavi Misra restaurant manager Imago Restaurants Inc
Paul van der Merwe commercial winemaker Arterra Wines Canada
Peter Keith co-owner/GM Meuwly’s
Raffaele Ventrone chef de cuisine Bar Buca Eglington
Rafael Covarrubias executive chef Hexagon Restaurant
Ryan Zanette business manager Nicholas Pearce Wines Inc.
Steven Gambee assistant general manager Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality
Suraj Gupta Chief Investment Officer Easton’s Group of Hotels
Tina Chan Events manager Westin Harbour Castle
Tina Tang pastry chef Predator Ridge Golf Resort
Tom Beckett vice-president, Vancouver HVS