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SC’s best and brightest in hospitality honored at Stars of SC Hospitality Awards

Tuesday, February 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Montgomery
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(COLUMBIA, SC) - The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA) honored the best of the industry at the annual Stars of South Carolina Hospitality Awards. The winners were recognized at a ceremony on February 18th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia – Greystone. The awards program celebrates businesses and industry professionals who go above and beyond each and every day.


“From lending a helping hand during times of disaster to being the bright spot in guests’ mornings, this year’s winners truly exemplify the highest standards of hospitality and shine on the job each and every day,” said John Durst, SCRLA President and CEO.  


Around 200 industry professionals from across the state attended the luncheon. Chef Brandon Velie of Juniper in Ridge Spring and Chef Brandon Carter of FARM in Bluffton were special guest speakers. They spoke about the popular SC Chef Ambassador program, which works to promote SC as a culinary destination by showcasing the state’s culinary talent and locally-grown products.


The event’s keynote speaker was a man whose name is synonymous with South Carolina’s lodging industry. E.L. “Bert” Pooser, Jr. of IMIC Hotels talked about his more than 53 years in the lodging industry.


Congratulations to the 2019 Stars of SC Hospitality Awards Winners!


SC Seafood Chef of the Year
Chef Danny Smith, Frank’s Outback, Myrtle Beach


Hospitality Educator of the Year

Geoffrey Blount, International Culinary Institute, Myrtle Beach


Community Service Award

Auro Hotels, Greenville


Hospitality Supplier of the Year Award 

Scott and Company, Columbia


Hospitality Supplier of the Year Award

Heartland Payment Systems


Restaurateur of the Year

Lucy Buffet, Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, North Myrtle Beach


Hotelier of the Year

Chris Harvey, Charlestowne Hotels, Charleston


Outstanding Chef of the Year

Brian Dukes, Fatz Southern Kitchens, Taylors


Outstanding Bartender of the Year

Brandon Urrego, Soby’s New South Cuisine, Greenville


Restaurant Manager of the Year

Samantha Ryan, Cribbs Kitchen, Spartanburg


Lodging Manager of the Year

Sharon “PJ” Howell, Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia - Greystone


Restaurant Front of the House Employee of the Year

Madison White, 5Church, Charleston


Lodging Front of the House Employee of the Year

Monty Shaw, Marriott Greenville


Restaurant Heart of the House Employee of the Year        

Garrett Davis, Charleston Crab House


Lodging Heart of the House Employee of the Year

Andrew Partin, Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Conference Center, Greenville


Hospitality Neighbor Award

Greater Florence Chapter of the SCRLA

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