National Restaurant Association Seeks Applications for the Prestigious Kitchen Innovations* Awards

Groundbreaking kitchen equipment to take center stage at 2008 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®

(Chicago, Ill.) The National Restaurant Association today announced that it is accepting applications for its prestigious Kitchen Innovations* Awards for 2008.  Now in its fourth year, the Kitchen Innovations (KI) program recognizes the most inventive and cutting-edge equipment in the worldwide foodservice market.  All KI Award recipients will be showcased in the exclusive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at the 2008 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, to be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“The Kitchen Innovations Pavilion has quickly become an exhibit floor favorite at our Show, allowing attendees hands-on trials of equipment that can significantly boost profits,” said William C. Anton, FMP, convention chairman for the 2008 Show, and chairman and founder of Anton Airfood, Inc. “We are excited to receive applications for this may become the ‘next big thing’ in restaurant operations.  Previous KI Award recipients have enjoyed considerable national and international attention.” year’s Kitchen Innovations Awards and to provide a springboard for what

The Kitchen Innovations Pavilion remains a highly anticipated Show feature for restaurant-and-foodservice operators, dealers, distributors and the news media.  All applications are judged by an independent, expert panel of industry leaders consisting of Dan Bendall (principal, FoodStrategy, Inc.), Martin Cowley (sr. mgr., Restaurant Design, The Disney Resort), William Eaton (principal, Cini-Little International), Robert Forrester (principal, Restaurant Industry Solutions), Foster F. Frable Jr. (president, Clevenger-Frable-LaValee Inc.), Rick Gentry (director, Technical Services, Aramark Corp.), Robert Marshall (V.P., U.S. Operations, McDonald’s Corp.), and Kathleen H. Seelye (partner and president, Foodservice Planning, Ricca Newmark Design).

The National Restaurant Association will accept applications for the 2008 Kitchen Innovations Awards through November 16, 2007.  Companies interested in receiving more information about participating, should contact Eric Rude at or (312) 853-2537, or visit

Now in its 89th year, the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in the Western Hemisphere. The 2008 Show will be held May 17-20, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

The Show attracts nearly 2,150 exhibiting companies and 74,000 attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 115 countries. More information can be found on the Show Web site at

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