Sam Fox, founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, was selected by Restaurant Hospitality magazine as the 2014 recipient of its Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award.
Each year, editors of Restaurant Hospitality select the Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award recipient after consulting with Melman himself. Other recipients of the award include Jose Andres, Danny Meyer, Todd English, Michael Mina, Drew Nieporent and last year’s winner, Stephen Starr.
“We are so thrilled that Sam Fox will be accepting the Melman Award this year,” said Restaurant Hospitality editor-in-chief Michael Sanson. “He’s a perfect choice for this award because he so resembles the man the award is named for. Like Rich Melman, Sam has a fertile mind for creating restaurant concepts. The diversity of his portfolio is astonishing.”
Melman, founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago, agreed. “I am pleased Sam Fox is this year’s winner of the Innovator of the Year Award,” he said. “I think he is one of the bright young stars in the restaurant scene.”
Fox will be honored during the MUFSO (multi-unit food service operators) Super Show in Dallas on Oct. 6.