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Yale’s Taherian Wins IFMA Gold Plate Award

Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality at Yale University, was named the 2016 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).


Larry Oberkfell, Zachary Taherian, Rafi Taherian and Kevin Delahunt at the IFMA 2016 Gold & Silver Plate Celebration.

Taherian was one of nine foodservice operator executives eligible for the award this year after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate award in March. Taherian represented the Colleges and University Silver Plate Category.

Prior to joining Yale in 2008, Taherian spent 13 years at Stanford University, where he served as executive director for Stanford Dining. At Yale, Taherian and his team deliver more than 14,000 meals per day in 31 foodservice operations.