Charlotte’s Jim Noble and Jamie Turner Win Top Awards At NCRLA’s Stars of the Industry Gala


The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), the voice of North Carolina’s $23 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry, hosted the 2020 Stars of the Industry awards ceremony last night at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

Sixteen members from North Carolina’s hospitality community were acknowledged for their steadfast commitment to the populations they serve. Two members of the NC General Assembly, Representative Becky Carney and Senator Jerry Tillman, were also recognized for their consistent support of the state’s business growth, while hospitality recipients were selected based on their exemplary service, leadership, innovation and dedication to the restaurant and lodging industries. Their commitment to the guest experience makes North Carolina a highlight for visitors from around the world and across the state.

Among the honorees recognized last night were Charlotte’s Jamie Turner, pastry chef at The Asbury and Soul Food Sessions, who took home the 2019 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year, and Jim Noble of Noble Food and Pursuits, who took home Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community. Leaders like Turner and Noble have dedicated themselves to advancing the hospitality experience in the state and have set the tone for their colleagues with their work ethic and commitment to the industry.

“Our annual Stars of the Industry awards are an excellent way to celebrate the exemplary performance and dedication that each of these recipients display to their team and the guests they serve,” said NCRLA President and CEO Lynn Minges. “We are proud to recognize the hardworking men and women that make North Carolina such a prominent place to work, play and visit.”

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