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The Stars of South Carolina Hospitality Awards
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Nominate your STAR employees! 

The Stars of South Carolina Hospitality Awards honor the best and the brightest in the hospitality industry. 


The awards program offers you, as hotel and restaurant operators, the opportunity to nominate your outstanding employees, offering not only recognition within the company, but for their contribution to your business.


Recipients of the awards will be honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center.


Nomination deadline is November 30, 2019 at midnight.   



 Award Categories

 IndividualAward Categories   Company/Organization Award Categories 

Restaurant Categories 

  • Front of the House Employee of the Year 
    • Servers, hostest, employees who have contact with guests 
  • Heart of the House Employee of the Year 
    • Kitchen staff, dish washers, line cooks, etc. 
  • Restaurant Manager of the Year 
    • Shift Manager or Department Head positions 
  • Restaurateur of the Year 
    • GM, Operating Partner, Corporate Executive or Owner 

Lodging Categories

  • Front of the House Employee of the Year
    • Front desk staff, breakfast host, server, etc. 
  • Heart of the House Employee of the Year 
    • Housekeeping, maintenance, cook, steward, house person, etc. 
  • Lodging Manager of the Year 
    • Shift Manager or Department Heads 
  • Hotelier of the Year 
    • GM, Management Company Executive or Owner 


Individual Open Categories 

  • Outstanding Chef of the Year
  • Outstanding Bartender of the Year 
  • Hospitality Educator of the Year





Open Categories 

  • Outstanding Hospitality Supplier of the Year
    • Large Company
    • Small Company
  • Outstanding Community Service Program
    • Large Company
    • Small Company
  • Outstanding Community Leader
    • Public sector
    • Private sector



Nominating Tips: 


  • Be sure to include specific instances when the employee went the extra mile on the job.
  • If possible, include a testimonial from a guest or fellow employee on how the nominee goes above and beyond. 
  • Collaborate with management to help write nomination. Don’t just say your nominee is outstanding—PROVE IT!
  • Include your nominee’s contact information in the nomination. Also, is possible, include a picture.
  • This is your time to brag about your nominee. We love to hear all the good work they do.
  • If your nominating a specific program, include examples of how it accomplished its mission/helped the community.
  • Examples include undertaking special services, showing outstanding leadership qualities, performing heroic deeds or consistently adding to the general well-being of the hospitality industry.
  • Write the essay in MS Word and paste it into the space provided. Be sure to use spell check and grammar software!


Please use the official nomination form below and click submit when complete.  Be sure to click the submit button at the bottom. 



In 300 words or less, please tell us why your nominee deserves this award. Include examples of exceptional service, teamwork, accomplishments, recognition or awards, community service, contributions to the hotel / restaurant, community involvement or any outstanding stories.
Please upload any supporting documentation to help the selection committee with their decision. Suggested supporting documentation is items such as testimonial letters, guest comment cards, pictures of employee in action, recommendation letters, etc. Please consolidate multiple documents as a single PDF file is required.
Thank you for your nomination.

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