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May 16, 2020
The Drake Hotel,


MenuMasters 2020 Update as of March 19, 2020

We are excited to plan the 2020 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Celebration, sponsored by Ventura Foods on May 16th in Chicago, and we want nothing more than to celebrate with you!

We are committed to this great industry — now more than ever as we face extreme disruption — and believe the people and brands behind bold menu innovation and memorable customer experience is what makes hospitality a special community. We are with you.
The health and safety of our event guests and the foodservice community is our highest priority. In this regard, we are monitoring the emerging and rapidly evolving Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely. We will make a final assessment over the next few weeks; and based on new and evolving developments or updated information, we will promptly notify you regarding the status of the 2020 MenuMasters Celebration accordingly.  

In the meantime, please feel free to submit your request to receive an invitation and/or to be kept informed regarding the 2020 MenuMasters Celebration.

Sarah Grueneberg - Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

MenuMasters Innovator of the Year

Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years.

Read more about Chef Grueneberg here.

THOMAS KELLER Chef and Proprietor of Per Se and The French Laundry


Thomas Keller, who helped transform the American dining landscape both with his own restaurants and by mentoring a generation of chefs and restaurateurs, is being inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame in May. He will be honored at this year’s Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters gala, sponsored by Ventura Foods, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on May 16.

Read more about Chef Keller here.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Drake Hotel, Chicago

MenuMasters is an invitation-only event for foodservice executives celebrating excellence in menu research & development. Now in its 23rd year, the MenuMasters Awards identify and recognize research and development executives and their respective foodservice companies for outstanding dedication and achievement to the area of research and development, and the product lines that are developed and marketed by their restaurant and foodservice companies. Follow MenuMasters on social media to join the excitement and get more information on the gala.

MenuMasters 2020

MenuMasters 2020  |  The Drake Hotel  |  Chicago