Commercial Kitchen has announced the list of contenders going head-to-head in the Innovation Challenge at the show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 4-5 June.
True Refrigeration, Jestic Foodservice Equipment, Cibo, Regale Microwave Ovens, and Roller Grill (UK) are among the major manufacturers and suppliers who have fielded new product entries for 2019 – many of which will be launching at the show. As are Unox UK, Synergy Grill and Hupfer – all hoping to repeat their success of last year and take home another Gold Award for best new innovation of the year.
For visiting buyers and members of the press, the Innovation Challenge Gallery is the starting point to discover the newest and most cutting-edge catering equipment and kitchen tech on the market – and they’ll also have the chance to vote for their favourite.
The first round of visitor voting takes place from when doors open at 10am on day one of the show (Tuesday 4 June) until 4pm that day.
Those exhibitors with the most votes by the end of day one will be invited to pitch their products to a panel of industry judges at the second day of the show. This year the judges will include: Phil Shelley, immediate past chair of the Hospital Caterers Association; Simon Woplin, head of innovation at Ambassador Theatre Group; Mark Kendall, commercial director at Cedabond; Jack Sharkey, MD at Vision Commercial Kitchens; Martyn Clover, head of food at Tortilla; and chef and food consultant Jay Morjaria.
Visitors can catch all the action at the Innovation Challenge Live in Keynote Theatre 2 at 11.15am on Wednesday 5 June, with the results being announced back in the theatre later that day at 3.45pm.
The full list of Innovation Challenge entries for 2019 is:
- Chef Line Solutions: SmartMix by Smabo
- Chef Line Solutions: Pegasus DCS
- Cibo: Cibo
- Filta: GreaseMaster
- Fogarty Charcoal Ovens: The Fogarty Fire Box
- Gamble Foodservice Solutions: Foldaway Bar
- GreaseShield: GS2000-SS
- Hupfer: Therma Dry
- Jestic Foodservice Equipment: Winston CVap 7-Series Cook & Hold
- Jongor Hire: Cabin Kitchens
- Kingspan Water & Energy: SmartServ Pro
- Klipspringer: iClean Mini
- Klipspringer: FOM330 Food Oil Management System
- Medem UK: SEC-K v5 Ventilation Interlock
- Reco-Air: Reco-Air
- Regale Microwave Ovens: Microsave Cavity Liner
- Roller Grill (UK): Premium VC
- Synergy Grill: Product to be announced
- True Refrigeration: TCR True Counter Refrigerator
- Unox UK: Unox Bakerlux Shop Pro – Deck
- Unox UK: Unox Evereo CUBE
- Valentine Equipment: Rustica Lava Stone Electric Grill
- Yellow Shield: Spill Kill Super Absorbent Powder
- Yellow Shield: Commercial Kitchen Spill Kit