What is going to be the best new kitchen gadget for foodservice professionals? The National Restaurant Association (NRA) believes there are several, actually, and they have honored each of the products with a 2011 Kitchen Innovations Award.
The NRA’s panel of judges for the prestigious award have multi-faceted foodservice backgrounds, including food facilities consultants who are recognized internationally, design experts and multi-unit executives. According to the judges, the products selected are cutting-edge innovations that will raise the levels of production, quality and sustainability in the foodservice industry.
“Each of the judges has the hands-on experience and real-life expertise to recognize the tools that are truly going to have a substantial impact on the efficiency and success of a restaurant’s kitchen and ultimately the success of the restaurant itself,” said C.W. Craig Reed, convention chair for NRA Show 2011 and director of Food and Beverage, Broadmoor Hotel. “Our Kitchen Innovations Award recipients contribute to the evolution of our industry, and help restaurant operators reduce costs while boosting profitability. As the industry recovers from tough economic times, these products will make a difference in commercial kitchens across the nation.”
Manitowoc Foodservice was honored with two awards for its Mini 2in1 Combi Oven and Indigo Series Ice Machine. Halton Company and Ecolab were also recognized for two innovative kitchen products each. A showcase of all products recognized as Kitchen Innovations will be located in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at NRA’s 2011 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago from May 21 to 24.
For more information about NRA and its additional 2011 Kitchen Innovation Award recipients, visit www.restaurant.org.