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.