The National Restaurant Association is seeking applications for its 2013 Operator Innovations Awards, which recognize restaurant operators who have displayed creativity and excellence in execution.

Commercial and non-commercial operators may self-nominate. The NRA also invites nominations from individuals throughout the industry – including manufacturers, dealers and distributors, media and other restaurant and foodservice industry professionals – who have seen first-hand how restaurants are driving progress in the industry, fueling customer satisfaction and profitability.

Nominations will be accepted online at Restaurant.org/Show/OIAwards through Feb. 4, 2013.

"Restaurant operators are coming up with new and better ways to run their businesses every day. It's important to recognize their ingenuity with the Operator Innovations Awards," said Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and CEO. "Continued innovation in core areas of food safety, menus, nutrition, sustainability and technology is an important driver in the future success of our industry."

Selected by an independent panel of experts, the Operator Innovations Awards are presented in each of five categories:

  • Food Safety
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Menu Development
  • Sustainability
  • Technology.

Winners in each category will be announced, and one of the category winners will also be named Innovator of the Year, during the event Destination: Celebration on May 18 at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (held May 18-21 at Chicago's McCormick Place).

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