Commercial Kitchen confirms Innovation Challenge Awards contenders for 2018

Commercial Kitchen confirms Innovation Challenge Awards contenders for 2018

There’s still time to snap up a free trade pass to this week’s Commercial Kitchen show (5th-6th June, NEC Birmingham) and the full list of Innovation Challenge Awards contenders has just been unveiled.

Unox, Retigo, Carpigiani, Trak, Menumaster, and DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems are among the two dozen leading manufacturers and suppliers fielding 25 product entries for 2018 (many of which will be launching at the show). Each will be hoping their latest catering equipment or kitchen tech has what it takes to win a prestigious Gold Award for best new innovation of the year.

They don’t have long to wait. Doors open at 10am on Tuesday 5th June, with the first round of visitor voting taking place at the Innovation Challenge Gallery that day (until 4pm). The exhibitors who have secured the most votes will then go on to pitch their innovations to a panel of big name judges in the live final in the Keynote Theatre the following day (11.45am, 6th June).

This year’s judges include Antony Bennett, head of food at Loungers, Sarah Fryer, purchasing manager at Greene King; Craig Brookfield, kitchen design & equipment manager at Greene King; Abby Hughes, group food & beverage director at Kew Green Hotels; Paul Taylor, executive chef at Hilton Birmingham Metropole; Jack Sharkey, MD of Vision Commercial Kitchens; and Tyron Stephens-Smith, project & creative director at TAG.

“Having a show dedicated to the commercial equipment market, showcasing suppliers’ new products and innovations, is great,” says Jack Sharkey. “Even more so that it’s centrally located, which means more of my staff, including designers, estimators and my technical project sales team, can attend ­ allowing them to keep abreast of new developments.”

Innovation Challenge entries include:
Adande Refrigeration: Aircell Sarma Grab & Go Cabinet
Carpigiani UK: Freeze&Go
Cuisinequip: Mycook Professional
DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems: DC Optima Double Hood Passthrough
Environmental Products & Services: FilterShield FS1500
ETI: ThermaData® WiFi Loggers
Foodservice Equipment Marketing: The VECTOR
General Catering: ROG Grill
Liebherr-Great Britain: SmartMonitoring from Liebherr
Meiko UK: Meiko M-iClean H hood dishwasher
Menumaster: Menumaster® Xpress-IQ MRX
Panasonic UK: Panasonic NE-1878
PRM Waste Systems: Bio Processor
Reco-Air: Reco-Air UL Listed Models
Retigo: Hold-o-mat
Roller Grill UK: Le Premium
Shepherd Filters UK: Shepherd Filters
Synergy Grill: Synergy Grill Mark 2
Target Catering Equipment: Target Bespoke Induction Range
Trak: Hot and Cold Display Unit
Trak: IsoBox Mobil Flex
True Refrigeration UK: TCR/TCF undercounter refrig-freezer
Unox UK: EVEREO by Unox
Vent UK: Vent AIR
Welbilt: Garland® Induction Instinct Hob 3.5

The show features include a free two-day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards, and ceda Awards Gallery.

To register for a free trade pass, please visit and use priority code CK12

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