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National Award Winners

Honoring Diversity in Restaurants

The 2015 recipients of the Faces of Diversity American Dream awards represent the diversity and spirit of entreprenuership of the restaurant industry.

Nafees Alam

Dallas, Texas
Emigrating from Bangladesh before his 18th birthday, Nafees Alam earned high praise and honors at the University of Texas. Now living his American Dream as CEO of DRG Concepts, a successful and growing restaurant business that is helping to revitalize Downtown Dallas in a big way, Alam is a man on a mission. 
Carlito Jocson
Corporate Executive Chef
Yard House 
Irvine, California
As an immigrant from the Philippines certain things were expected of Carlito Jocson but an “aha” moment would change all that. An undeniable talent in the kitchen propelled his career, which by any measure has been extraordinary and he still has miles to go.
Read about Carlito Jocson's story

Pamela Patton

Pamela Patton has ‘Big Momma’ to thank for inspiration that would last a lifetime. With determination, a strong work ethic and an optimistic bent, Patton set out on a journey that started in state government but ends with a thriving restaurant and catering business in the U.S. heartland. And she’s not done yet.  Stay tuned.
Read about Pamela Patton's story