Past Honorees

The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award recognizes pioneers in all aspects of the hospitality industry and is the focal point of the night. The award is steeped in tradition at The Collins College of Hospitality Management and is given with great appreciation to individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the hospitality industry.

In 1999, The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Margrit and Robert Mondavi for their vision and leadership in the American wine industry. Mr. and Mrs. Mondavi were recognized at the college’s 6th annual Harvest Auction, during a lavish gourmet dinner at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. To make a lasting homage to their impact on the industry, the college named the award on their behalf. Since 2000, the college has bestowed this honor upon Julia Child, Alice Waters, Jim Collins, Sam Nazarian, Robert D. Olson, and 2017 honorees Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset.

2017
Gina Gallo & Jean-Charles Boisset
E&J Gallo Winery & Boisset Collection
2016
Robert D. Olson
R.D. Olson Development
2015
Tom Simms
Mimi's Cafe
2014
Alan Fuerstman
Montage Hotels & Resorts
2013
Caroline Beteta
Visit California
2012
Sam Nazarian
sbe
2010
Steve Slater
Southern Wine & Spirits
2009
Steele Platt
Yard House
2008
Carl N. Karcher
Carl's Jr.
2006
Leslie & Bob Spivak
The Grill/Daily Grill
2005
Richard N. Frank
Lawry's
2004
Hugh O. La Bounty
Cal Poly Pomona (retired)
2004
Bob Suzuki
Cal Poly Pomona (retired)
2004
Michael Ortiz
Cal Poly Pomona (retired)
2003
Bruce Schwartz
SYSCO
2002
Jim Collins
Sizzler Restaurants
2001
Alice Waters
Chez Panisse Restaurant
2000
Julia Child
1999
Robert & Margrit Mondavi
Robert Mondavi Winery