TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – Nov 28, 2017) – In an evening dedicated to recognizing extraordinary achievements, Women of Influence gathered together from across the country for the annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards held at the iconic Fairmont Royal York.
An independent panel of judges comprised of Canada's top business leaders participated in the selection process that garnered more than 6400 applications. After rigorous review, the highly reputable RBC Award of Excellence was announced.
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the nation's leading business award program in recognizing the country's top female entrepreneurs. Award categories included the RBC Momentum Award, the Social Change Award, and the Telus Trailblazer Award.
The evening culminated in the final award of the night, proudly accepted by Toronto restaurateur and Chief Executive Officer of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, Janet Zuccarini, who was presented with the TEC Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be recognized by this esteemed group of judges and view this award as a true honour as well as a great responsibility,” said Zuccarini. “Being recognized for this award puts the Gusto 54 team in a position to lead by example and to continue to inspire positive change throughout the hospitality sector.”
Janet opened her first restaurant, Café Nervosa, in 1996 which was later renamed Trattoria Nervosa and today stands as a beloved Yorkville landmark. Today, Gusto 54 is comprised of some of Toronto's most celebrated dining destinations including Trattoria Nervosa and Gusto 101, as well as Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Same Same, and Kiin in partnership with Jeff and Nuit Regular. In addition to these properties, the group is also awaiting the highly anticipated launches of Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen and Gusto 501. Outside of Canada, Gusto 54 has made its mark in Los Angeles with its restaurant, Felix Trattoria, which was recently recognized by Esquire Magazine as the #1 Best Restaurant in America.
“I spent the evening at the awards ceremony interacting with the other finalists and I cannot imagine the difficulty involved in selecting just a few from the incredible level of talent, innovation and industriousness that was inside that room. My sincerest congratulations to all of this year's finalists,” said Zuccarini.
The RBC Award of Excellence celebrates entrepreneurial excellence by recognizing those whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation, and discipline have propelled their respective companies to huge success and have positively impacted their industries and communities.
“At Gusto 54, we constantly strive to be innovative and to enhance our industry wherever possible. There is so much room for growth, collaboration and innovation within the hospitality space,” said Zuccarini. “To be the recipient of this award means that we can continue pursuing our mission to create transporting experiences complete with delicious food, inspiring design and soulful hospitality.”
Janet will also be recognized as the recipient of the “Independent Restaurateur of the Year” award at the highly anticipated Pinnacle Awards taking place on December 1st, 2017. The Pinnacle Awards started in 1988 and today is the hospitality industry's only national recognition program.
About Gusto 54 Restaurant Group
Gusto 54 is anchored in Janet Zuccarini's three passions: business, food and travel. The restaurant group is a tribute to family, innovation, food, and design that respects the past while rewriting the rules. In addition to FELIX Trattoria in Venice, Gusto 54's restaurants also include: Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101, Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen, and Gusto 54 Catering. In partnership with Jeff & Nuit Regular Gusto 54 owns Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Kiin, and Same Same. In the upcoming year, Gusto 54 will launch Gusto 501 in Toronto's east end.
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