Moe's Southwest Grill announced that Executive Chef Dan Barash will be honored by the United Fresh Produce Association in the Quick-Service Restaurants category.
Barash is recognized for his creative and influential use of fresh produce, which is showcased in Moe's menu and heralded for its fresh, all-natural, healthy choices for everyone's preferences, from meat lovers and vegetarians to those who prefer low-calorie or gluten-free options.
"We couldn't be more proud of Chef Dan for winning this prestigious award," says Paul Damico, president of Moe's Southwest Grill. "Moe's takes great pride in its food mission dedicated to serving the highest-quality ingredients and freshest produce, and Chef Dan has been instrumental in leading this effort."
The six winners from a variety of categories were selected from nearly 120 nominations submitted across North America. A panel of produce and foodservice industry leaders reviewed nominees' incorporation of fresh produce into menus, use of protocols for correct storage and handling of produce, leadership in produce-related community service and special events, and recognition by their company and industry peers.
Barash will receive the award at United Fresh 2011, the association's annual convention and expo in New Orleans. He will also participate in a panel session, Lessons from the Front Line - Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award Winners, which will take place and broadcast on UnitedFresh.TV on May 3.