2022 Industry Hero Winners

BentoBox and Wow Bao were honored as this year's Industry Heroes at MURTEC 2022.
Michal Christine Escobar
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Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 Industry Heroes at MURTEC. The Industry Heroes Awards recognize both restaurants and technology suppliers for exemplary contributions to the restaurant industry during the pandemic.

HT’s Industry Heroes Awards acknowledge members of our restaurant technology community who truly went above and beyond in the face of closed dining rooms and lockdowns, to help restaurants pivot and continue to serve customers, support employees, and remain in business,” said Abigail Lorden, publisher of Hospitality Technology.

This year’s winners are New York-based restaurant management platform BentoBox and Chicago-based Wow Bao and its dark kitchen concept.

“Wow Bao is proud and honored to have been able to help so many restaurants these past 18 months, and we are very excited for the continued innovation and evolution of this new dining segment,” said Geoff Alexander, President & CEO, Wow Bao.

“BentoBox is honored to be recognized as one of Hospitality Technology's Industry Heroes alongside so many incredible innovators in the restaurant industry,” said Krystle Mobayeni, Co-Founder of BentoBox. “We would not be in this position without the trust, support and collaboration from our incredible restaurant partners. We are deeply committed to serving the hospitality community and are eager to continue helping restaurants accelerate growth and thrive for many years to come.”

The Industry Heroes were chosen by Hospitality Technology magazine and members of its Research Advisory Board. Winners will be profiled in the Summer 2022 issue of Hospitality Technology magazine and throughout the spring in digital profiles on The winners were announced and honored during an awards program on March 9 at the 27th annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), which was held March 7-9, at The Paris in Las Vegas.

About Hospitality Technology 

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for both hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes four times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and MURTEC Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Hospitality Technology is the parent brand of the Restaurant Technology Network (, a membership community of restaurants and suppliers working together to solve industry challenges by shaping standards and sharing best practices. Visit Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality Technology is published by EnsembleIQ, headquartered in Chicago. 

About Tillster

Tillster is the global leader in powering digital ordering, delivery, couponing and loyalty solutions, across web, app, kiosk and call center platforms. The company empowers restaurant brands looking to increase revenue, achieve operational efficiencies, and better engage guests. Enabling nearly 50 million digital orders per year, it offers the added dimension of integrated marketing and data mining, including proprietary AI and machine-learning tool. With teams in North America, Latin America, EMEA and APAC, Tillster serves more than 100 global and regional brands, including Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Godfather’s Pizza, Jollibee and Pollo Campero. For more information, please visit