2012 RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR

Gold Medallion Awards presented to top San Diego restaurants
BLEU BOHEME OWNER NAMED 2012 RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR

San Diego – The California Restaurant Association (CRA) San Diego County chapter
hosted its 28th annual Gold Medallion Awards banquet, San Diego’s most prestigious
restaurant honors, May 29, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center. This industry
awards gala is a highly celebrated peer-to-peer awards dinner in San Diego recognizing
worthy and exceptional restaurants and industry partners in the region. It is an
opportunity for members to acknowledge their fellow restaurateurs for their business
practices, concepts, and achievements in more than 40 award categories.

“The Gold Medallion Awards are an opportunity for the industry to come together, share
our successes, recognize excellence amongst our peers and raise funds vital to the
future success of our industry,” said Mike Morton Jr., president of the CRA San Diego
County chapter. “This event is a chance to recognize local restaurateurs, purveyors
and vendors who have distinguished themselves through superior business practices,
demonstrated leadership and dedication to the restaurant community and hospitality
industry as a whole.”

Ken Irvine, owner of Bleu Boheme, was honored as Restaurateur of the Year for his
skills as a restaurateur and his dedication to the chapter. Ken was presented the Gold
Medallion award by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. With this award, Chef Irvine is the
first ever recipient in San Diego history to win in both the “Chef of the Year” (in 2005) and
the “Restaurateur of the Year” categories.

Mayor Sanders was also honored for his continuous support of our industry while serving
as an exceptional leader of the city for the past seven years.

More than 1,200 people attended the gala and auction, raising more than $160,000,
which the chapter proudly contributes to the following causes:

foodservice equipment, supplies and mentoring for culinary arts programs at
Morse, San Diego, Mira Mesa, Scripps, Madison and Garfield high schools
donations to the San Diego State University Hospitality and Tourism
Management program
educational seminars and classes for the local industry
advocacy to protect and promote the restaurant industry through local legislation
and cooperation with other local organizations.

This award just follows on the heels of Bleu Boheme winning the “Best French
Restaurant 2012” award from San Diego Magazine for the second consecutive year.

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