At this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, the Specialty Food Association will honor two industry legends with Lifetime Achievement Awards. In a reflection of the SFA’s diverse membership, a chef/maker, Paul Prudhomme, and a distributor, Seymour Binstein, will be celebrated for their roles in helping to build specialty food into a $140 billion-dollar industry.
“The mission of Specialty Food Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is to celebrate those whose careers have grown the industry and inspired others to do the same.” said Phil Kafarakis, President, in a press release. “This year’s inductees include a chef who became a seasoning superstar, and an importer instrumental to introducing cheese and specialty foods to the Midwest markets.”
Paul Prudhomme of Magic Seasoning Blends is widely credited for bringing Creole and Cajun cuisine—the distinctive flavors of his native Louisiana—into the international spotlight. In 1979, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen opened in New Orleans. Four years later, Prudhomme created his own line of all-natural herbs and spices, as well as smoked meats. The chef passed away in 2015. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to his family.
Seymour Binstein founded European Imports as a cheese importer in 1978, and then parlayed his tremendous success into a full gourmet distribution business. Seymour pioneered the sales of specialty foods in foodservice distribution. His love of new and unique foods enhanced the entire specialty food industry. Customers, suppliers, and employees were all treated as family creating loyalties still existing today.
The 2018 Inductees were chosen by the SFA’s Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Committee. They will be honored the evening of July 1, 2018 as part of a special event, “SFA Recognition: Celebrating Our Legacy.” The event will also include the Association’s Hall of Fame Awards and Annual Membership Meeting. For additional information regarding the honorees, click here.
Held at the Javits Center, the Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest trade-only marketplace for specialty food and beverages in North America, featuring six football fields of exhibits, with more than 200,000 products from around the world. Registration for the Fancy Food Show can be found here.
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