The National Restaurant Association's 2012 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award winners were named by an independent panel of judges comprised of internationally recognized food facilities consultants, multi-unit executives and design experts. Award recipients were showcased in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion on the exhibit floor of the NRA Show earlier this week. Here are a few of the winners.
Bettcher Industries Inc.'s Optimax Compact, an automatic batter-breading machine, is the first automatic machine for application of batter and breading to a wide variety of food items to be baked or fried.
The compact Optimax batters and breads fresh food items individually, and is ideal for locally sourced meats, seafood and produce.
Bettcher touts the equipment’s sustainability features, since less breading is being wasted and the machines extend fryer oil life compared to hand breading.
Franke Foodservice Systems Inc.'s Ice Machine Sanitizing Device attaches to most ice machines and prevents bacteria build-up, reducing costly maintenance.
The device's unique electrolytic cell generates ozone in the water line, safely sanitizing the ice-making path and holding bin without chemicals.
Frontline International's Fresh Cooking Oil Box System racks orient fresh oil boxes/jugs upside-down, connects to a pump station, and fills fryers either automatically or by dispensing wand.
Frontline's unique loading setup yields 10 percent more oil and helps avoid spill risks.
Vulcan's VTEC -Infrared Charbroiler is a high production cooking platform produced by an innovative conversion burner.
Lang Mfg.'s GHP Series Features "On Demand Burners."
These energy efficient burners feature a lever actuated gas valve which will go from idle to full when the pot or pan rests on the grate surface.
Springboard Biodiesel LLC's BioPro EX is an automated appliance that converts used cooking oil into cleaner-burning, premium grade biodiesel fuel for a fraction of the cost of the petroleum-based fuel it replaces.
A close up of the BioPro Ex hose.
Vitamix's Automatic Mix'n Machine is a hands-free, fully programmable mixer that incorporates candies, syrups, cookies and hard to mix ingredients into soft serve ice cream or yogurt without damaging the inclusions.
The Automatic Mix 'n Machine is automatically programmable.