2012 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award for “Healthful Innovations” for our SkinnyLicious Menu
The Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award recognizes restaurants and their culinary teams for their “outstanding dedication and achievement in product introductions that set new standards in the industry based on menu innovation.”
2011 Best Practices Award – People Report
This prestigious award is a special honor and is given in recognition of outstanding performance in management retention, hourly employee retention, composite diversity, year over year improvement and community involvement.
2010 Zagat Survey - Best Desserts and Best Salads
Over 6,500 food fans weighed voting on the best burgers, salads, coffee and more. The Cheesecake
Factory picked up honors for Best Desserts and Best Salads in the 'Full Service Chain' category.
2010 Halo Gold Award - Best Cause Marketing Event
During September Hunger Action Month in 2009, The Cheesecake Factory embarked on a month long
coast-to-coast 'Drive Out Hunger' Tour™. Cheesecake enthusiasts visited the tour stops and received
a complimentary slice of Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake™ when they donated cans of soup for
local food banks.
2009 Commitment to People Award from the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers
The Cheesecake Factory Founder & CEO, David Overton, is this year’s recipient of the CHART award.
Created in 1993, this prestigious award is given annually to a CHART member's CEO/president in the
hospitality industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the development of his or her
2009 Choice in Chains Gold Award in "Casual Dining" from Restaurants and Institutions
More than 3,100 consumers were asked to rate nearly 120 chain restaurants in the magazine's annual
Consumers' Choice in Chains survey across eight customer satisfaction attributes: food quality, menu
variety, value, service, atmosphere, cleanliness, reputation and convenience. Now in its 28th year,
the Restaurants & Institutions award is a highly coveted honor and is recognized as a measure of
success and guest satisfaction by restaurant chains across the country.
2009 SPIRIT Award from The Nation’s Restaurant News & The National Restaurant Association
The SPIRIT Award is presented to a restaurant or food service operator who believes in enhancing
employee satisfaction, which ultimately leads to achieving guest satisfaction. Winning companies
have demonstrated excellence in areas relating to workforce recruitment, hiring, retention, education
2009 "Best Value", "Best Salad", "Best Coffee", "Best Appetizers", and "Best Desserts"
among Full-Service Restaurant Chains from Zagat Fast-Food Survey
Over 6,000 fans weighed in with their opinions on the best bets in value, salads, coffee and more.
The Cheesecake Factory was a top pick in 5 categories!
2008 Choice in Chains Platinum Award in "Casual Dining" from Restaurants and Institutions
Consumers gave The Cheesecake Factory the top rating among casual dining concepts for the fourth
2007 Zagat Survey "Most Popular Restaurant, Southern California & San Francisco"
For over 29 years Zagat Survey has been the most trusted, accurate and easy-to-use resource on where
to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play in hundreds of cities worldwide.
2006 Choice in Chains Platinum Award in "Casual Dining" from Restaurants and Institutions
For the third time, consumers gave The Cheesecake Factory the top rating among casual dining
2005 MenuMasters Hall of Fame Award from Nation's Restaurant News
The Cheesecake Factory Founder & CEO, David Overton, was honored with the "Hall of Fame" award
for his outstanding contributions to menu design and foodservice research and
2003 Choice in Chains Guest Satisfaction Award in "Casual Dining" from Restaurants
and Institutions Magazine
For the second consecutive year, consumers gave The Cheesecake Factory the top rating among casual
2003 Executive of the Year Award - David Overton from Restaurants and
Established in 1937, Restaurants and Institutions Magazine was a trade publication and web site serving
the information needs of foodservice professionals at chains, independent restaurants, hotels and
2003 MenuMasters Award from Nation's Restaurant News
The Cheesecake Factory Corporate Chef, Robert Okura, was honored with the "Chef Innovator Award"
for his outstanding contributions to foodservice research and development.
2003 The NRN 50: R&D Culinarians Award from Nation's Restaurant News
Corporate Chef Robert Okura was awarded the title of "one of the top 50 Research and Development
Culinarians" in the country.
2003 Cheers Award for Beverage Excellence "Best Spirits Program" from Cheers Magazine
The Cheesecake Factory and Russell Greene, Vice President of Beverage and Bakery Operations, were
honored with the "Best Spirits Program" award, which recognizes outstanding beverage programs,
cutting-edge creativity and efforts that set the beverage standards for the rest of the industry.