• 2012 Distinguished German-American of the Year
  • 2012 Emmy Award, Best Host
  • 2012 Telly Award, Host of Promotion
  • 2012 Best TV, On Location nominee, James Beard Foundation
  • 2011 Guest Chef, James Beard Foundation
  • 2011 “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Food Network
  • 2011 Iron Chef Competition, Food Network
  • 2011 Contemporary Pioneer Award, Colonial Society of Pennsylvania
  • 2011 Silver Medal Award, American Culinary Federation
  • 2011 Chef of the Year Nominee, American Culinary Federation
  • 2011 Top Philadelphia Chef Winner, Condé Nast Cadillac Culinary Challenge
  • 2011 Guest Instructor, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
  • 2010 Emmy Award, Best Host, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association
  • 2010 Silver Plate Award Nominee, IFMA
  • 2010  A Taste of History was honored with three Emmy® nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
    • Best Host - Walter Staib
    • Best Director - James Davey
    • Best Historical/Cultural Program - “A Taste of History- Monticello”- Multi Media Productions
  • 2007 Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany  
  • 2006 Seven Stars & Stripes Award for Excellence in Hospitality 
  • 2005 Grand Prize, Plate Magazine Duck Recipe Contest 
  • 2005 Grand Prize, The Farmer & The Chef Event 
  • 2005 Restaurant Neighbor Award, National Restaurant Association
  • 2004 Chef Walter Staib and City Tavern are inducted into World Gourmet Club
  • 2004 Founder’s Trophy, World Gourmet Club
  • 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 Five Star Diamond Award for both Chef and Restaurant, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences
  • 2003 Neighborhood Favorite Award, Elite Dining
  • 2003 Independent Restaurant Award of Excellence, Council of Independent Restaurants of America (CIRA)
  • 2003 Distinguished Visiting Author Award, Johnson & Whales University
  • 2003 German-American Friendship Award, Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2002 Lifetime Membership, German Society of Pennsylvania
  • 2002 Guy Przybycien Award, March of Dimes’ Star Chefs
  • 2001 Chef’s Choice Award, Master’s Touch
  • 2000 Restaurant Wine and Spirits Cooking Award, Santé
  • 2000 Menu Visionary Award for Children’s Dining, From Mind To Menu
  • 2000 Best Kids Menu in America Award, Restaurant Hospitality
  • 1999 Philadelphia Delaware Valley Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year
  • 1999 Restaurateur of Distinction Award and induction into the prestigious Ivy Society, Restaurants & Institutions
  • 1999 FCSI Grand Award for Excellence in Management Advisory Services
  • 1999 Tabletop Grand Award, FE&S Magazine
  • 1999 Cheers Best Beverage Program in America, Independent Category
  • 1997 Tabletop Grand Award, FE&S Magazine
  • 1987 Foodservice Operator of the Year, Hotel & Lodging, IFMA Silver Plate
  • Silver Spoon Award, Food Arts
  • First Inductee into the Caribbean Culinary Hall of Fame
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole de la République Française
  • Commandeur de l’Association Internationale des Maîtres Conseils en Gastronomie Française
  • Medal Meritorious de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs


  • Culinary Ambassador to the City of Philadelphia
  • Ambassador to the Culinary Institute of America
  • Trustee of the Culinary Institute of America
  • Board Member of the Caribbean Culinary Federation
  • Vice President of North America, International Food & Beverage Forum
  • International Advisory Board, Hotels Magazine
  • Les Amis d’Escoffier Society, Inc.
  • National Board of Advisors, l’Ordre Mondial de Gourmet
  • American Express Restaurant Advisory Board
  • Founding President, Society for the Advancement of Gastronomic Excellence
  • Founding Member, The Society for American Cuisine
  • l’Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais
  • International Gold & Silver Plate Society
  • Professional Member, Foodservice Consultants Society International