The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) bestowed its highest honor, the Gold Plate Award, to Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group on May 19, 2014.
The Gold & Silver Plate Awards acknowledge the most outstanding talent in the foodservice industry. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, achievement and innovation; have made lasting contributions to the foodservice industry, and have shown civic pride through voluntary involvement in community activities.
Previous recipients of the Gold Plate Award include Ferdinand Metz, President, The Culinary Institute of America; Ronald Shaich, Chairman & CEO, Panera Bread; Larry Levy, Chairman & CEO, Levy Restaurants; and Ruth Fertel, Chairman, Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
“I’m honored to receive the 2014 Gold Plate Award, but it’s really recognition of the entire Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, not one person,” says Broadhurst. “Our team members bring their passion and creativity to each of our brands. I’m happy to share this recognition with them with appreciation for all they do to give our guests and clients outstanding dining experiences every day.”
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a provider of distinct culinary experiences to nearly 175 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The company portfolio includes Eat’n Park Restaurants, a full-service, family restaurant chain; Parkhurst Dining, a provider of contract dining services to colleges, universities, corporations and cultural facilities; Cura Hospitality, a provider of dining services to senior living facilities, retirement communities and hospitals; Six Penn Kitchen, an upscale American restaurant in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh; The Porch at Schenley, a park-set bistro in the center of Pittsburgh’s university and medical centers; Hello Bistro, a fast casual setting that combines classic and cutting edge; and SmileyCookie.com, an e-commerce division that makes Eat’n Park’s iconic Smiley cookies available throughout the nation. Annually, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group returns a percentage of annual sales to community organizations. In addition, the company, along with team members, clients and guests, supports fund-raising activities, including theCaring for Kids Campaign, which in its 35-year history has raised more than $8.5 million for children’s hospitals in local communities.
Broadhurst received the Gold Plate Award on May 19 at Chicago’s Great Hall at Union Station during National Restaurant Show week. In addition, he won the Silver Plate Award in the Full Service Chain/Multi-Concept category.
Broadhurst is a native of Titusville, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Robert Morris University. He joined Eat’n Park in 1973, and prior to his current position as Chairman, he served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer; President; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As the company’s business diversified, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group was created as the parent organization.
Jim and his wife, Suzy, are parents to three adult sons, each of whom holds a leadership position within Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.