Titus Perkins, of New Orleans, is one of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2016 award recipients.

Perkins and the other winners were honored by the NRAEF at an April 12 gala in Washington, D.C.

Perkins got his start in the restaurant industry during high school with a job at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

He worked his way up to his current position as executive kitchen manager at Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.