Awards & Affiliations


1994 North Carolina Governor’s Business Award in the Arts and Humanities

The award was presented to Simple Elegance Restaurants, Inc. for its long-standing support of the arts to improve the quality of life in the North Carolina communities in which it does business.


The American Academy of Chefs – American Culinary Federation

1997 Inducted into The American Academy of Chefs, The Honor Society of the ACF: An Honor Society – The American Academy of Chefs (AAC) promotes high standards and professionalism for the culinary arts. AAC ensure the future of the culinary industry through mentoring and scholarship programs.


The Honorary Hall of Fame – American Culinary Federation

2020 Awarded the highest culinary honor, The Honorary Hall of Fame (HHOF)


Associations, Certificates and Appreciation



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