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Kitchen Innovations Awards

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the KI Awards program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovations. Forward-thinking and cutting-edge, this is the equipment that generates industry growth through a focus on automation, efficiency, safety improvements, sustainability, waste solutions, and more. 

Applications for the 2019 KI Awards have closed. Award recipients will be announced in February.

Kitchen Innovations Awards—Leading the Way for Operational Efficiency

See just how a KI Award can propel your product launch.

Meet the Judges

The KI Awards program is judged by a panel of respected third-party experts from across foodservice representing some of the industry’s best-known brands and organizations.

Dan Bendall

Principal, FoodStrategy, Inc.

David Chislett, FCSI

Executive Principal, Ricca Design Studios

Jeff Cook

Chief Engineer, Restaurant Solutions Group, McDonald’s Corporation

Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI

President / COO, Cini-Little International

Foster F. Frable, Jr., FCSI Associate AIA

President, Clevenger Frable LaVallee

Randy Homer

Program Manager, Food & Beverage Operations Asset Management, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Jim Krueger, Jr., CMCE, NRAMF

Chief, Air Force Food & Beverage Policy, Procedures, Business Development & Strategic Initiatives Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA) Food & Beverage Branch

Steve Otto

Director, Capital Equipment Purchasing, Darden

Jim Thorpe

Senior Food Service Designer, Aramark

All 2018 KI Award Recipients

From increased smart tech to advancements in food safety to maximized energy and water efficiency, the 2018 KI Award recipients had no shortage of devices to improve back-of-house operations. 

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Bi-Polar Ice BPi200

By Air Oasis

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Vector™ F Series Multi-Cook Oven

Alto-Shaam, Inc., in conjunction with Appliance Innovation

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GST-1H Flatbread Toaster


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GSP H & HD Illuminated Safety Slicers, Manual, Semi-Automatic and Fully-Automatic Operation

Bizerba North America
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MultiZoneTM Plancha

Evo, Inc.
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FLAT® Equalizers

FLAT® Tech Inc.
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Instinct™ Induction Countertop Line

Garland, A Welbilt Brand

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Genius Pan

Genius Pan, LLC

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KMEdge Ice Machine Series

Hoshizaki America

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Level RF Oven


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Electric Brick Oven with Open Mouth

Marra Forni
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Rotator Deck Brick Oven with Double Mouth Opening

Marra Forni

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Multiplex®, A Welbilt Brand
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Integrated Rinsing System

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Modular Holding Bin

Prince Castle
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FlexPrep™ EZ Dispensing

Sealed Air Corporation

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Soda Gun Jetter

Soda Gun Jetter LLC 

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Foodscaping Wells

Structural Concepts Corporation

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Reveal Frameless Glass Food Displays

Structural Concepts Corporation
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Aerating Container

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SonicSafe™ Ultrasonic Scale Prevention for Steamers


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