Yesterday’s events programme at the Commercial Kitchen trade show saw nine catering equipment manufacturers and suppliers duke it out for gold, silver and bronze awards for innovation.
The inaugural trade show specifically for the catering equipment industry was held at the NEC in Birmingham over the past 2 days.
The show’s Innovation Challenge took place over the course of the exhibition, with visitors invited to vote for a selection of the latest cutting edge catering equipment on the first day
Their votes whittled the list down to nine finalists. Yesterday, representatives from the shortlisted companies were then invited to pitch their products in 90 seconds to the judges: Foodservice Equipment Journal’s very own Andrew Seymour; Peter Farrell, sales director at C&C Catering Equipment and Philip Shelley, chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association.
The result saw four companies picking up gold awards, two awarded silvers and three got bronze.
The gold winners were:
Frima’s 112L VarioCooking Center – which the judges described as “a genuine innovation, particularly for smaller operators”
Hoshizaki Gram’s Superior Plus refrigeration range – with the judges commenting that it’s “a timely and sustainable product with high green credentials”
Manitowoc’s Merrychef eikon e2s – judges’ comments included: “it’s a space-saving innovation that operates at incredible speeds”
Active Food Systems’ Synergy Grill – the judges said they were “wowed by a British-made design that is an innovation for chargrilling”
The silver award went to:
Ascentia’s F1 oven – which the judges believed is a “super quick, great space-saving solution”
RH Hall’s New Coven Garden Soup Server – with judges calling it a “leading technology for the cafe sector”
The bronze winners numbered:
Bensons Products’ Waste Cooking Oil Tank – which judges described as “an efficient and safe overall solution that protects staff”
Pro Auction’s refit service – with judges commenting that it has “a clear and defined unique selling point”
Regale Microwave Ovens’ Microsave Cavity Protection System – the judges said it has “safety and hygiene credentials”