Commercial Kitchen reveals Innovation Challenge contenders

Commercial Kitchen visitors will be able to vote for their chosen products at the Innovation Challenge Gallery tomorrow.

Commercial Kitchen has unveiled the full list of Innovation Challenge Awards contenders ahead of the show this week, taking place tomorrow and Wednesday at the Birmingham NEC.

Two dozen major manufacturers and suppliers have fielded 25 product entries for 2018 – many of which will be launching at the show. Each will be hoping their latest catering equipment or kitchen tech has what it takes to win a prestigious Gold Award for best new innovation of the year.

Entries comprise:

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  • Adande Refrigeration: Aircell Sarma Grab & Go Cabinet
  • Carpigiani UK: Freeze&Go
  • Cuisinequip: Mycook Professional
  • DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems: DC Optima Double Hood Passthrough
  • Environmental Products & Services: FilterShield FS1500
  • ETI: ThermaData WiFi Loggers
  • Foodservice Equipment Marketing: The Vector oven
  • General Catering: Rog Grill
  • Liebherr-Great Britain: SmartMonitoring from Liebherr
  • Meiko UK: Meiko M-iClean H hood dishwasher
  • Menumaster: Menumaster Xpress-IQ MRX
  • Panasonic UK: Panasonic NE-1878
  • PRM Waste Systems: Bio Processor
  • Reco-Air: Reco-Air UL Listed Models
  • Retigo: Hold-o-mat
  • Roller Grill UK: Le Premium
  • Shepherd Filters UK: Shepherd Filters
  • Synergy Grill: Synergy Grill Mark 2
  • Target Catering Equipment: Target Bespoke Induction Range
  • Trak: Hot and Cold Display Unit
  • Trak: IsoBox Mobil Flex
  • True Refrigeration UK: TCR/TCF undercounter refrig-freezer
  • Unox UK: Evereo by Unox
  • Vent UK: Vent Air
  • Welbilt: Garland Induction Instinct Hob 3.5

The first round of visitor voting to create the Innovation Challenge shortlist starts when the show doors open at 10am tomorrow, with voting taking place at the Innovation Challenge Gallery until 4pm.

The exhibitors to have secured the most votes, will then go on to pitch their innovations to a panel of judges in the live final in the Keynote Theatre on Wednesday at 11.45am. The panel will then decide which products are worthy of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

This year’s judges include Jack Sharkey, MD of Vision Commercial Kitchens; Tyron Stephens-Smith, project and creative director at TAG; Antony Bennett, head of food at Loungers, Sarah Fryer, purchasing manager at Greene King; Craig Brookfield, kitchen design and equipment manager at Greene King; Abby Hughes, group food and beverage director at Kew Green Hotels; and Paul Taylor, executive chef at Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Sharkey commented: “Having a show dedicated to the commercial equipment market, showcasing suppliers’ new products and innovations, is great.

“Even more so that it’s centrally located, which means more of my staff, including designers, estimators and my technical project sales team, can attend – allowing them to keep abreast of new developments.”

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