The Torch Award

The Torch Award


We were honored and excited to annouce Marcus Samuelsson as the 2019 Torch Award Recipient. Who will be our 2020 Torch Award receipient? Stay tuned! 

The word Torch symbolizes many things including Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.

The Torch Award, presented by The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY and The New York Restaurant Association was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. These chefs and/or restaurateurs have been chosen because of:  Outstanding knowledge and leadership; Philanthropic and community efforts; Extraordinary talent and creativity; Innovation and inspiration. Each has provided outstanding to our industry. 





Marcus Samuelsson, Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality

2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York Honoree 

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. Samuelsson was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. He was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson coproduces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. Samuelsson is co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). In May 2016, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version-- Make It Messy, Marcus Off Duty cookbook, and his latest book-- The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. In addition, he is one of the founders of the website Food Republic. Recent restaurant openings include: Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London; Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey; and Streetbird Express at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Samuelsson recently debuted his new TV series titled No Passport Required with VOX/Eater and PBS. He most recently joined Buzzfeed's Tasty as Executive Chef-in-Residence of their newly launched talent program.

Photo credit: Matt Dutile 

Marcus Samuelsson, Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality

2018 Torch Award Highlights
Check out the highlights from the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York where we proudly honored Chef Geoffrey Zakarian with the 2018 Torch Award. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York now co-located with the Healthy Food Expo to honor Chef Marcus Samuelsson with the Torch Award!

Congratulations to Our Past Torch Award Recipients:

Geoffrey Zakarian American Iron Chef,
Restaurateur, Television Personality, and Author


Caroline Styne, Sommelier & Restaurateur, The Lucques Group 

Allen Susser, Chef/Owner, Chef Allen's Consulting 

Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group;
Founder, Shake Shack

Curtis Stone, Chef/Owner, Maude & Gwen

Michelle Bernstein, Chef/Owner, Crumb on Parchment
& Michelle Bernstein Catering 

Drew Nieporent, Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group 

Thomas Keller, Chef & Proprietor,
The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group 

Melissa Kelly, Executive Chef & Proprietor, Primo

Mary Sue Milliken, Co-Chef-Owner, 
Border Grill Restaurants + Truck

Susan Feniger, Co-Chef-Owner,
Border Grill Restaurants + Truck

Norman Van Aken, Chef-Owner,
Norman's at the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes