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Kitchen Innovations Awards

The KI Awards recognize the most groundbreaking and inventive products for back-of-house operations. From increased smart tech to improvements in food safety to maximized energy and water efficiency, these devices are a must-see for all foodservice operators and owners.

Featured 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. 

See All Recepients

Bi-Polar Ice BPi200

By Air Oasis

Vectorâ„¢ F Series Multi-Cook Oven

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

GST-1H Flatbread-Toaster


Peeling Machine

Astra Shunsuke


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

Bizerba North America

Meet The Judges

The KI Award 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, FCSI

Principal, FoodStrategy, Inc.

David Chislett

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

Aaron Lamotte

Senior Director, Performance Interiors, Sodexo Performance Interiors

Steve Otto

Director, Capital Equipment Purchasing, Darden

Participation Package

The participation fee is $12,750 and includes the following:


What Do KI Award Winners Get?

The National Restaurant Association will build extensive industry-wide visibility, beginning with the announcement of the program which will include but is not limited to: 

• Industry-wide visibility for the innovation

• 8x10 all-inclusive turnkey exhibit space in the KI Pavilion, including installation and dismantle

• 2 Portable standing banners (one large, one small) promoting the specific innovation for use throughout the year

• 5 additional complimentary exhibitor badges

• Material handling from NRA Show booth to KI Pavilion

• Electricity/Plumbing required to demonstrate the innovative product in KI Pavilion 

• Limited storage and cleaning services

• Food prep area, limited freezer and refrigeration storage, and dishwashing facilities

• Lead Retrieval device to collect attendee information and option to upgrade for additional cost

• Opportunity to provide a video demo of the product to be shown on the KI webpage 

• Use of KI Award logo in promotions

• Crystal Award to be presented at the on-site Awards Ceremony

• Photo Opportunity with the award and expert panel of judges

• Media Advertising Value from NRA Publicity Campaign: Press Releases, News Clips, Social Media Activity, etc. 

• Note: All KI Award recipients selected must have a separate NRA Show exhibit space and agree to staff both booths.