Newton, Mass. (November 27, 2023) – Ed Doyle, President of RealFood Hospitality, Strategy & Design, a premier hospitality strategy and design firm based in Newton, Mass., was inducted into the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hall of Fame on Monday, November 20th. Recognized for his extraordinary dedication to the hospitality industry, Doyle was one of four inductees in the 2023 Hall of Fame Class honored during a dinner ceremony held at the AC Hotel in Worcester.
Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hall of Fame nominations were submitted from around the state for both operators and business partners. Hall of Fame candidates possess a track record of operational success and execution of the dining experience while also being pillars of their communities.
Doyle was officially inducted by Steve Clark, President and CEO of the MRA, and introduced by his longtime friend and fellow chef, Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ restaurants. Husbands shared accolades in the words of other industry professionals, describing Doyle as “a true professional,” “a wealth of knowledge and no nonsense,” and someone with “unique and spot-on observations always willing to offer his time and expertise.”
“I am truly honored to be inducted with such an esteemed class of people,” said Doyle during his Hall of Fame induction speech. “While I know my name is on this award, there’s no way this honor is just about me; it belongs just as much to the people around me at RealFood and at Troon.”
The original founder of the RealFood, Doyle and his team have been serving clients and partners in a consultancy capacity since 1996. He has more than 35 years of hospitality experience and has worked in some of the finest kitchens and foodservice operations across the industry, including a long list of award-winning and nationally recognized hotels and restaurants. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Doyle’s accomplishments have received equal attention in Food and Wine, Restaurant Business, restaurant development + design, and Food Arts magazines. In 2021, he was recognized as Adviser of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine for his contributions to club and resort food and beverage.
A dynamic and charismatic leader, Doyle’s role at RealFood is focused on aligning his team to help achieve clients’ objectives. He brings his extensive operational expertise to the broad portfolio of clients that RealFood serves, leveraging his ability to understand and articulate the vision, identifying opportunities and implementing highly effective foodservice designs and solutions.
Today, RealFood is part of the Troon® family of brands and is positioned as a premier hospitality strategy and design firm, helping clients to define, design and deliver unique and memorable hospitality experiences.
“Congratulations to Ed on his well-deserved induction into the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hall of Fame,” said Troon President and CEO Tim Schantz. “Ed’s incredible work and reputation in the food and beverage industry are well known, and admired. Troon is fortunate to have him as an important part of our company.”
Founded in 1996, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy & Design is a premier hospitality strategy and design firm meeting the foodservice design, development and strategic advisory objectives of the global foodservice industry. In addition, RealFood provides management services to a select portfolio of hospitality venues, managing and supervising daily operation functions. Leveraging its team’s combined more than 250 years of hospitality experience and using proprietary processes to achieve concept and design outcomes that are based in operational understanding, RealFood supports clients and partners to achieve industry-leading foodservice operations. The RealFood portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, James Beard Award-winning chefs, world-class clubs and resorts, renowned theme parks, K-12 school systems, and leading architects, developers and operators committed to a vision of delivering differentiated hospitality experiences.
RealFood is a Troon Company, supporting the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company’s award-winning food and beverage division, which operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. For additional news and information, visit rfhsd.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 825-plus locations, including 825-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.
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