Music City Center Nashville

Award Honors Top Foodservice Operators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City Center Executive Chef Max Knoepfel is
the recipient of the 2023 International Foodservice Manufacturers
Association Silver Plate Award. The coveted award recognizes
extraordinary operator executives in various food service categories.

“I’m humbled and ecstatic by this honor. So many great hospitality
leaders have won this award,” Knoepfel said. “I look forward to many
more years of being a good steward of the industry,“ he added.

Affectionately known as “Chef Max,” Knoepfel has been with the
facility since the doors opened in May 2013. His culinary expertise
embodies innovation and sustainability with the intentional use of seasonal
produce and local flavor. Under his leadership, every meal at MCC, from
casual to fine dining, is plated to perfection.

“We’re extremely proud to have Chef Max on our team, and this is a
well-deserved honor for him,” said MCC President and Chief Executive
Officer Charles Starks. “He has been instrumental in what we have been
able to achieve with our exceptional food and beverage services.”

Knoepfel is one of nine IFMA Silver Plate Award winners revealed Tuesday
at the association’s 2023 Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) in Tampa,

“The Awards celebrate the best of food-away-from-home leadership and
we’re very proud of the longevity and industry-wide respect the Awards
have maintained,” said IFMA President and Chief Executive Officer Phil

The 69th Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration will take
place on Saturday, May 20, in Chicago. For more information on the 2023
IFMA Silver Plate Award winners, visit

About Music City Center

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City Center (MCC) is a
2.1 million square foot convention center with more than 353,000 square
feet of exhibit hall space, two ballrooms, 55 meeting rooms, and a
covered parking garage with 1,800 spaces. The mission of MCC is to
create significant economic benefits for the greater Nashville area,
while focusing on community inclusion, sustainability, and exceptional
customer service, through conventions, trade shows, and community

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