Two manufacturers whose products rated gold in Commercial Kitchen’s Innovation Challenge have reacted to the recognition.
The trade show, held on 23-24 September at London’s ExCeL, played host to the equipment initiative, which saw 24 advanced products battling it out on the first day of the event to make the shortlist.
Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite kit throughout day one, with the 15 choices polling the highest going forward to the final.
On day two, the shortlisted brands pitched their products in a live session to an expert panel of nine judges, with eight rating as gold standard.
Two of these were MKN SpaceCombi Magic Team stacked combi ovens and Unox’s Multi.Day Hot Vacuum pump.
Judged hailed MKN’s product as being “compact and energy efficient. This is the perfect space saver with all of the features that most kitchens need”.
The SpaceCombi Magic Team is equipped with two separate cooking chambers and, having a width of only 55cm, the appliance offers sufficient flexibility to cater for any market trend. The integrated MagicHood for extracting odours lets it operate self-sufficiently and it is not dependent on any ventilation system.
MKN’s regional vice president, UK and Ireland, Wayne Bennett, accepted the award and said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award as the showcased products are not only scrutinized thoroughly by an expert panel but also by show visitors. We couldn’t ask for better market feedback.”
While the Unox Multi.Day Hot Vacuum pump is an innovative solution for sealing hot food, and is said to be a world first, able to work alongside the Unox Evereo hot fridge to give food producers, caterers and retailers the opportunity to preserve hot food trays safely for up to 72 hours. It is also suitable for central production units to seal Unox Multi.Day trays, before transporting hot food to satellite kitchens safely and with no spillage.
Innovation Challenge judges hailed it as: “A really innovative product, fantastic for larger kitchens and hot holding.”
Scott Duncan, MD of Unox UK, said: “We’re committed to innovating solutions that offer new, creative and often more cost-effective ways of overcoming common challenges – whether that is kitchen space, efficiency, food waste or speed of service. The Multi.Day Hot Vacuum pump is the latest in a long line of unique products developed by Unox that do just that.
“The Commercial Kitchen Show is a huge event for the industry and after the challenges of the last 18 months, it was great to all be able to get together again under one roof. We’ve obviously not had many opportunities to get together with friends and colleagues in recent times – so to be able to do that whilst also showcasing our commitment to innovation, was a welcome boost for everybody.”