The 2020 Restaurateur Connection MVP Awards!

Restaurateur Connection brings together the best content from hundreds of industry thought-leaders. These awards will recognize the Most Valuable Posts as judged by our readers, award committee, and our machine intelligence and social media. We will recognize the posts that provide the highest value to industry professionals - useful and actionable information, that is tactical or strategic in nature, providing either long-term or short-term value.

Check out the 2020 MVP Award Winner Acceptance Speech Compilation:



Awards will be given for articles covering the following categories. Click on the categories below to view the winners!

Audience Size

Every day, our articles are read by an audience of over 29,000 people on our site and newsletter. We use our machine intelligence and social media, bolstered by our editorial team, to curate this content.

But 2020 is coming to an end and we want to know: of all of our articles, which are the best of the best? Our machine intelligence, social media, and editors can get us close. But we want that extra special touch that comes from beloved reader feedback.

You can represent these 29,000 readers. Cast your vote and let us know what you like to see!

Judging Criteria

We're judging posts that we see to provide the highest value to industry professionals. Does your article include useful and actionable information? Is it tactical or strategic? Does it provide short- or long-term value? Those are the types of questions our judges will be asking themselves.


Submitting content for consideration

Articles must have been published between October 18th, 2019 and October 13th, 2020 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 13th. After that, our panel of judges will review the nominations and narrow them down to a list of finalists for each category.


Finalists will be announced on November 11th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. Voting ends on November 23rd. Winners will be announced on December 4th.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Emiliano De Laurentiis

Publisher and Chief Editor, Sante Media Group

Emiliano’s first summer job as a teenager was to run a printing press. Little did he know that his career as an educational technologist would lead him full circle to developing and running a digital platform for restaurateurs! In 2004 he partnered with Santé magazine, a print magazine that was started in 1996, to develop iSanté, its digital evolution. Launched in 2006, iSanté has become a magazine platform that is both a community of high end restaurateurs as well as a content hub for restaurateurs to share their knowledge.

Martha Lucius

Business Strategist and Restaurant Consultant

Martha Lucius, Restaurant Strategist, and Holy Guacamoles Podcast producer. She owned and managed two restaurants over 20 years. Now she serves owners by solving the issues plaguing quick serve to fine dining restaurants. She’s known nationally for improving culture, systems and financial sustainability. She works virtually with her clients. Holy Guacamole, the Podcast, is devoted to finding success stories that can serve as inspiration for other operators.

Sam Sinha

B2B Food & Restaurant Tech Copywriter & Content Marketing Consultant

Sam is an Englishman living in Hong Kong and working with food tech pioneers across the globe. After a decade cooking his way around London, from five-star hotel kitchens to alfresco grilling at Borough Market, he now enjoys writing wherever food and technology intersect, as a freelance copywriter and journalist. You can find him out and about enjoying Hong Kong’s eclectic dining scene or at