2016 
Bridgehead, Tracey Clark, President & CEO
2015 
Pearle Hospitality Group – Aaron Ciancone, Jeff Crump
2014 
Starbucks Coffee Canada, (Rossann Williams)
2013  Jeff Fuller, President and CEO, Joey Restaurant Group
 2012  Cora Tsouflidou, Owner, Cora - Breakfast & Lunch.
 2011  Mark Pacinda, President and COO, Boston Pizza International Inc.
 2010 
James Chiu - Mandarin Restaurants
2009  Denise Meehan, President, Licks Homeburgers & Ice Cream
2008  Cosimo Mammoliti, Owner, Terroni
2007  Thai Hua, President, Spring Rolls Restaurants
2006  David Aisenstat, President & CEO, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
2005  Barney Strassburger Jr., President, Twincorp Inc.
2004  Nils Kravis, President, Kelsey's International Inc.
2003  Alfred Friedman & Walter Krepski, Partners, Excellent Eateries Group
2002  Nick Perpick, President & COO, Prime Restaurants Group Inc.
2001  George Cohon, Founder and Senior Chairman, The McDonald's RCorporation (Cdn.)
2000  * Gabe Tsampalieros, President & CEO, Cara Operations Limited
1999  Becky McKinnon, President & CEO, Timothy's World Coffee
1998  Grey Sisson, SIR Corp
1997  Ian Sorbie, Owner & President, Il Fornello
1996  Neil Vosburgh, Owner and President, IMAGO Restaurants Inc.
1994  Gunter Otto, President & COO, Cara Operations
1992  Ronald V. Joyce, President & CEO, Tim Hortons
1991  Richard A. Hunter, formerly President & COO, Scotts Mgmt. Inc.
1990  * Dan Phelan, Cara Inn
1988  William Dover, President, General Mills Restaurants Canada
   * Deceased