IowaStater Server Named  Iowa Restaurant Employee of the Year

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IowaStater Server Named Iowa Restaurant Employee of the Year


(September 28, 2012) -- Des Moines, Iowa --Server/Supervisor Kyle Foote of the IowaStater Restaurant in the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames was named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Employee of the Year. Foote, an Osceola native, accepted the award at a ceremony hosted by the Iowa Restaurant Association at Prairie Meadows in Altoona on September 23.

“There are more than 144,000 restaurant employees in the state of Iowa,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association.  Dunker pointed to the fact that in the past three years, Foote has been mentioned by name on more than 500 positive comment cards.  “Kyle is this year’s best of the best.  He is an excellent representative of the state’s hospitality industry.”

The honor was presented to Foote by the Chairmen of both the Iowa Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Board of Directors Mike Rastrelli of Clinton, Iowa and Phil Hickey of Atlanta, Georgia.

A recent digital illustration graduate from Iowa State University, Foote has decided to pursue a career in hospitality rather than design. “I love being part of, and helping create, special occasions for people day-in and day-out,” said Foote when accepting his honor.

Iowa Restaurant Association

The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s hospitality industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.
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