Event will recognize leaders from Compass Group-Restaurant Associates and National Urban League during the annual celebration of diversity in foodservice.

The BCA will present its 2014 Jefferson Edwards Award to Rodolfo Contreras, Compass Group-Restaurant Associates' executive chef of the Guggenheim Museum and its 2014 Lifetime Ambassador Award to Michael Thompson, vice president of conferences for the National Urban League.

BCA will present these awards during its annual black tie gala, which will take place November 21 at the Crown Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. Now in its 21st year, this event honors the achievements of people of color in the hospitality and culinary industry. This year's theme of "Crossing Cultures-Jamaica and South Africa" will focus on a deeper understanding of global diversity in the foodservice, culinary and hospitality industry.