The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show recently announced the 2022 winners of the Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards, which recognize the year’s most forward-thinking and forward-thinking innovations that significantly improve operations. of restoration.
“Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Kitchen Innovations Awards,” said Tom Cindric, President of Winsight Exhibitions. “Each year, I look forward to visiting the KI showroom to see how equipment advancements like these help improve operations by increasing efficiency and productivity, and ultimately supporting the growth of the company.”
The KI Awards program has earned a reputation for setting the gold standard for innovations in catering equipment. This year’s winners reflect the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today, while driving industry growth with a focus on automation, efficiency, safety, durability, etc. The KI award winners were selected by an independent judging panel comprised of industry leaders and internationally renowned food facility consultants, multi-unit executives and design experts.
Among the recipients are:
Converge® Multi-Cooking Ovens
Alto Shaam, Inc.
Building on the invention of the multi-cooking oven category, Converge® ovens combine patented vertical Structured Air Technology® with steam capacity in every chamber. With up to three independent chambers per oven, Converge can cook three different foods simultaneously, all at different temperatures, fan speeds, humidity levels and cooking times. All that, and it cleans up too.
Botrista’s new turnkey beverage program offers unique Drinkbot equipment along with a range of pre-packaged ingredients in an exclusive bag-in-box format to deliver brewed teas, lattes, flavored lemonades, iced coffees and much more, all within a radius of five square feet. Drinkbot can accommodate 14 BiB ingredient packs, each with its own connectors, tubes, nozzles, etc. The software automates portioning, dispensing and mixing; an aerator manages the mixture.
Duke Waterless Well
Duke Manufacturing Co.
Waterless wells solved chronic water problems from steam, lime, burning, plumbing, etc. alerts. Easy access and removable non-stick silicone liners make cleaning easy. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Frontline International Inc.
More than filtration, Kitchen Controller is an end-to-end automated oil management system that monitors oil quality via a handheld frypot sensor and communicates status and recommended actions to help prolong oil life, such as skimming, refilling or changing. outside. Changes are automated by push-button and contactless. Managers can remotely monitor functions and verify that recommendations are running.
Frymaster Quick Intuition Filter
Frymaster / Welbilt Brand
FilterQuick Intuition™ is designed to be superior to all previous 30lb fryers. This total redesign includes a capacitive touchscreen, improved software, automatic internet connection, variable speed filtration pump, variable speed combustion micro fans, and more. Together, these features deliver the most convenient, reliable and innovative 30lb fryer ever.
Active compression for clamshell griddle
Garland / Brand Welbilt
Traditionally, the downforce on the top plate was achieved with a weight distributed over the food product. A load of two patties or 10 created different cooking results. Some alternatives are complex. Active Compression solves all of this with a simple and reliable tray locking mechanism that allows the operator to adjust the gap between the upper and lower cooking surfaces, regardless of the load. Consistent compression cuts cooking times by nearly half.
Refrigerated pizza prep table
Hoshizaki America, Inc.
Hoshizaki’s clean design features an easy-access cooling system with ducted back-to-front airflow for even rail temperatures, a unique refrigeration circuit with separate temperature settings for the rail and the cabinet, and a night mode allowing pans to be stored in the rail with the lids closed overnight, automatically adjusting the set point up when the lids are closed, down when they are open.
The IBEX oven
ITW – Food Equipment Group
The IBEX Oven™ features state-of-the-art solid-state radio frequency (RF) technology combined with convection heating to deliver fast, fresh, thorough results and superior food quality across the entire menu. IBEX closed-loop digital cooking intelligence adapts to real-time food feedback as it changes, always optimizing quality and speed during cooking, baking and reheating.
Kuvings Commercial Auto Blender Chef CB1000
Vacuum mixing has been the hot ticket for mixing lately, extracting air from the container before mixing begins to create a remarkably smooth and fine consistency with significantly reduced oxidation and foaming. Kuving takes it to the next level with much faster mixing and true one-touch operation that automatically closes the enclosure, vacuum seals the container, mixes perfectly, stops and automatically opens, all in 25 seconds.
T&S Copper and Bronze
T&S EasyInstall hose reel cabinet
The T&S EasyInstall Hose Reel Cabinet is a streamlined, all-in-one design that simplifies field installation and reduces the complexity of specifying a hose reel system. The cabinet comes pre-assembled, so installers only need to determine if they want top or bottom entries, and whether to install flush or surface mount.
WMF 5000S+ fully automatic coffee machine
WMF Americas, Inc.
The WMF 5000 S+ represents a modern engineering feat for the category of fully automatic espresso machines. New features such as the revolutionary AutoClean system are able to eliminate all common milk-related hygiene problems. The WMF 5000 S+ allows operators to run a premium coffee program with minimal staff supervision.
“While the Kitchen Innovations showroom is always an exciting display of equipment innovation, this year will be unlike any other,” says Cindric. “The winners from 2020, 2021 and 2022 will all be on display, making this the biggest kitchen innovation showroom in the show’s history! We can’t wait for operators and manufacturers to connect and find out how this kitchen equipment tip will benefit their businesses.”