National Restaurant Association Seeks Equipment Manufacturers to Apply for 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards

  National Restaurant Association Seeks Equipment Manufacturers to Apply for
                       2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013

Award recipients to gain industry-wide visibility as most revolutionary
commercial equipment available

CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Restaurant
Association is now accepting applications for the prestigious Kitchen
Innovations™ Awards for 2014. Now celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the
awards program recognizes and celebrates cutting-edge equipment and technology
that specifically improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice
operators. The most progressive, ground-breaking submissions will be featured
in the popular Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at NRA Show 2014, to be held May
17-20 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

"We are seeking new kitchen equipment and technology innovations that deliver
the most significant benefits to operators," said Dan Bendall, Principal,
FoodStrategy, Inc. and Kitchen Innovations Awards judge. "Our panel of judges
believes continuous innovation is the life-blood of our industry growth and
profitability. It's our mission to evaluate the latest innovations and select
those which are major advances in kitchen efficiency, quality, safety,
conservation, integration with front of the house, and of course improving the
work environment."

Award recipients will have the exclusive benefit of exhibiting in the
interactive, centrally located Kitchen Innovations Pavilion on the exhibit
floor. Throughout the four-day event, there are countless opportunities to
interact with dealers, distributors, chain, multi-unit and independent
operators, corporate decision-makers, press and bloggers during one-on-one,
interactive demonstrations. 

All applications are judged by an independent panel of industry who's who,
includingDan Bendall(Principal, FoodStrategy, Inc.),Martin Cowley(Senior
Manager Design and Standards, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts),William
Eaton(Chairman of the Board, Cini-Little International),Robert
Forrester(Principal, Restaurant Industry Solutions),Foster F. Frable
Jr.(Founding Partner, Clevenger Frable LaVallee),Jim Krueger, Jr.(Chief,
Air Force F&B Research and Business Development),Aaron LaMotte(Director,
Sodexo Performance Interiors),Robert Marshall(Vice President, U.S.
Operations, McDonald's Corporation), andKathleen H. Seelye(Managing Partner,
Ricca Newmark Design).

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards is December 6,
2013. To be considered, all equipment and technology innovations must be
introduced within the 24 months prior to NRA Show 2014. Award recipients will
be announced in February. Visit for more details on
the KI program and to see a list of previous award recipients, or contact Eric
Rude at 312-853-2525 or

Watch the KI video and visit to view the online

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the
largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging
professionals. NRA Show 2014 will be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in
Chicago, and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event held in
conjunction with the NRA Show will take place May 18-19. The events attract
62,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and the
event showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas,
up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and more growth
opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the
NRA Show and IWSB Websites at and, and
find the NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShow, Facebook, Instagram @NRAShow, YouTube,
Flickr, Pinterest and its widely read NRA Show Blog.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business
association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant
and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We
represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We
operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in
Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe);
unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as
the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more
information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants,
Facebook and YouTube.

SOURCE National Restaurant Association

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