NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.—For the fourth year in a row, Manitowoc (www.Manitowoc.com) has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association as a leader in foodservice equipment innovation with four (4) Kitchen Innovations 2008 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show. The competition, judged by an independent panel of industry experts, recognizes trend-setting kitchen equipment thought to be among the most innovative in the world. This year’s Kitchen Innovation winners include the Frymaster® Protector™ Fryer, Garland Restaurant Range, Garland HE Broiler and the Lincoln 8005 Return Toaster. All winners will be showcased with live interactive demonstrations in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion during the National Restaurant Show in May 2008.
“We are honored to be recognized again by this prestigious group for our ongoing commitment to innovative kitchen solutions,” said David McCulloch. “Innovation leadership is the core of our business. Our investment in research and development, our state-of-the-art Technology Center, and commitment to manufacturing excellence, allows Manitowoc Foodservice and its operating companies to consistently deliver the most innovative equipment solutions to our customers—products that deliver in the areas of productivity, energy conservation and performance which all help create a high performance kitchen.”
"This year's unprecedented number of innovations illustrates that foodservice equipment manufacturers have stepped up to meet the needs of the restaurant industry," said William C. Anton, FMP, convention chairman for the 2008 Show, and chairman and founder of Anton Airfood, Inc. "The 2008 KI Award recipients provide solutions to the many challenges facing restaurateurs and culinary professionals, including utility costs, labor, quality and efficiency."
2008 Manitowoc Kitchen Innovation Award Winners:
Frymaster, LLC Protector™ Fryer:
The Frymaster Protector Fryer with SMART4U™ technology has a 30 lb frypot that uses 40 percent less oil, but has the production capacity equal to 50 lb frypots. Its high-technology features automatically monitor frypot oil levels, replenish oil as needed, and alert the operator when the in-cabinet jug-inbox (JIB) oil supply needs changing. This also contributes towards over 50 percent annual savings in oil costs and significantly less oil into the waste stream, all while earning an ENERGY STAR® rating over 85 percent.
Garland Commercial Ranges Garland Restaurant Range
This new range has a unique, patent-pending, gas delivery design using a venturi and porting configuration that equalizes the heating around the burner thereby avoiding "hot spots." The consistent, even heating enables the operator to create improved quality and patron satisfaction.
Garland High Efficiency (HE) Broiler:
This new charbroiler features continuous sparking to ensure constant flame and has no standing pilots that need to be shut down or restarted, or temperatures needing to be reestablished. With the HE Broiler, gas is turned off electrically and when relit, is turned on to the same pre-set temperatures across the burners.
Lincoln Foodservice Products, LLC, 8005 Return Toaster:
The new conveyor return toaster incorporates the proportionalintegral - derivative controller that self-regulates the toasting based on sensing amount and thickness of bread products in process. This innovative controller delivers 99% consistent look, texture and taste.
For the full Kitchen Innovations 2008 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show listing, go to www.restaurant.org/show