The National Restaurant Association has announced the recipients of its prestigious Kitchen Innovationsâ„¢ (KI) Award for 2009.
This year’s awardees will give the restaurant and hospitality industry new, state-of-the-art solutions to enhancing productivity, saving energy and water, speeding up prep and cooking times, and maximizing space and functionality in the back-of-the-house.
â€˜Cost-saving, fast, multi-functional, flexible, efficient â€“ these are all adjectives we look for when choosing new equipment and they describe each of this year’s Kitchen Innovations Award recipients,â€™ said Lorna Donatone, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2009 and President, School Services, Sodexo, Inc. â€˜We are committed to identifying and showcasing the most innovative products crucial to business success right now that help operators increase productivity and control costs.â€™
The 2009 Kitchen Innovations Award recipients are:
Advanced Composite Materials, LLC- Silar Microwave Flatstone: Silar Flatstone speed-bakes fresh-dough pizzas in microwave-convection ovens in less than three minutes.
Arctic Industries, Inc. – Desmon USA: Desmon Refrigerators are “knock-downs” for assembly and installation in impossible-to-access areas.
Eneron Inc – Turbo Pot: Turbo Pots feature an advanced fins-design base that reduces gas range cook time and energy use by 50 percent.
Everpure, LLC â€“ MRS-600 HE: Envi-RO Reverse Osmosis system averages 78 percent water conversion efficiency and features 600 gallons/day capacity.
Frymaster, Manitowoc Foodservice – Gas ProtectorÂ®: Gas Protector’s 30-pound fry pot delivers the production capacity of 50-pound fryers and auto oil replenishment.
Garland, Manitowoc Foodservice – Garland Restaurant Range: Xpress Clam Shell Grills can be pre-programmed with up to 30 easily adjustable platens-gap settings.
Halton â€“ M.A.R.V.E.L. Demand Control System: M.A.R.V.E.L. Control System integrates multiple hoods on a common duct that individually adjust exhaust and replacement air.
Henny Penny Corporation – Evolution Eliteâ„¢: Evolution Elite’s SmartFilter Expressâ„¢ enables operators to conduct as-needed oil filtering in four minutes.
Hobart- Hobart’s BluetoothÂ® -enabled CombiÂ® Oven with Barcode Scanner: Bluetooth-Enabled Combi Oven with barcode scanner automatically controls the cooking program and features wireless exchange of recipes.
Irinox USA – CP Multi Function Holding Cabinet: CP Multi Function Holding Cabinets provide combined temperature and humidity control for fresh or frozen foods.
Kairak – BLU Technology Prep Table: BLU Series Prep Tables circulate glycol coolant through maximum contact chiller plates, requiring no defrosting.
Lincoln Foodservice Products, Manitowoc Foodservice – Quest EMSâ„¢ Energy Management System: Quest Energy Management reduces air flow, combined with fastBake finger profiling technology, to maintain uniform heating and recovery to full performance within 45 seconds.
Market Forge Industries Inc. – 3500 Power Plus: The gas Power Plus is a boiler-based convection steamer with a jacketed kettle, that uses 80 percent less water and 30 percent less energy.
Power Soak Systems, Inc. – High Powered Silverware Pre-Washing System: High Powered Silverware Pre-Washing system uses a unique push/pull technology, allowing only one-pass washing.
Rational USA â€“ Self Cooking Center with CareControl: Self Cooking Center with CareControl features automated de-liming to eliminate filters, labor, and down time.
Somat Company – eCorect Waste Decomposer: eCorect Waste Decomposer provides automated on-site reduction of compostable food waste by 90 percent.
Viking Range Corp., Commercial Division – Modular Range Design: Modular Range and Suites design allows flexibility of changing individual modules before and after installation.
Winston Industries â€“ CVap Universal Holding Bin Cabinet: CVap Universal Holding cabinets allow operators to serve directly from the cabinet with optimum conditions.
All KI applications are judged by an independent panel of industry leaders.