FCSI has announced the shortlist for its inaugural 2019 Start Me Up Innovation Awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional.
Print 2Taste, Scraegg and Tablee will fight it out to be the winner, chosen from a long list of 27 start-up companies who entered.
A final round of judging will take place at the FCSI booth during HostMilano 2019 on Sunday 20 October.
The three finalists will have 10 minutes on stage each (five minutes to present, five minutes for Q&A) in a Dragon’s Den-style format. The judges comprise FCSI’s Bettina von Massenbach, Ken Schwartz, Joseph Schumaker, Thomas Mertens and Brandon Kua, as well as Electrolux Professional’s design director Michele Cadamuro. They will then decide on a winner, which will be announced later that evening at a special presentation during FCSI’s Sponsor Recognition Party at the ‘& Restaurant’ in Fiera Milano.
The Awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional, were launched in May 2019 to celebrate innovative ideas from start-up businesses with the potential to have a game-changing impact on the commercial foodservice, beverage and laundry industry.
Print2Taste will be competing with its 3D food printing system Procusini 4.0, which was especially adapted to the requirements of professional chefs – a universal plug and play solution for creative and personal creations of food in hotels, catering and event gastronomy, as well as confectionery.
The company was founded in Germany in 2014 by food technologists, nutritional scientists, IT experts and engineering specialists in order to develop innovative solutions for 3D food printing applications.
The second contender, Scraegg, is representing the Scraegg Pro, which whisks and heats an egg and oil mixture to 96°C using a patent-pending steam nozzle. In approximately 15 seconds, scrambled egg is produced without the need for additional oil. It can be prepared with either liquid or fresh eggs. The appliance can also be used to prepare small meals in seconds.
Scraegg was founded in 2018 and is based in Wiesloch near Heidelberg, Germany.
Completing the trio, Tablee will be showcasing its Tablee system, where servers receive real-time notifications via smart watches. Guests can request service with a tableside button, and the kitchen notifies servers when food is ready and managers oversee the whole operation with the Tablee app to track requests and re-assign tables on the fly.
Tablee was launched in 2018 and was co-founded by Wendy Jiang, a former waitress turned engineer, who wanted to approach hospitality technology from “a pretty unique perspective”.