National Restaurant Association Calls for Applications for 2016 Kitchen Innovations Awards

National Restaurant Association Calls for Applications for 2016 Kitchen Innovations Awards

Cutting-edge foodservice equipment and technology to gain industry-wide visibility at NRA Show® 2016

National Restaurant Association Calls for Applications for 2016 Kitchen Innovations AwardsChicago, IL  (Restaurant News Release)  The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2016 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Now in its 12th year, the KI Awards program recognizes and celebrates meaningful advancements in foodservice equipment and technology. Recipients of the 2016 KI Awards will be featured in the popular Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at NRA Show 2016, to be held May 21-24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“The KI Award has helped IceZone® to be the success that we knew it would become, and it has helped us reach that level much faster than we ever imagined,” said Adam Anthony, Chief Operating Officer for BioZone Scientific International, Inc. and manufacturer of IceZone, which received a Kitchen Innovations Award.  “At the NRA Show…our team met with dozens of interested contacts from the largest restaurant chains in the world, many of whom we had unsuccessfully reached out to previously. IceZone® sales have more than quadrupled since IceZone® received the KI Award during the NRA Show.”

Suppliers can apply for a KI Award at KI Award recipients enjoy exclusive benefits including publicity though the NRA’s media relations efforts, listings in NRA Show marketing and promotional materials, placement on the NRA Show website, and featured placement on the NRA Show floor in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion where thousands of operators, dealers, consultants and media professionals can demo the products over the course of four days.

The deadline to apply for a 2016 KI Award is December 4, 2015. To be considered, equipment and technology products must be introduced or have been introduced to the marketplace between May 2014 and May 2016. These products must demonstrate considerable benefits to foodservice operators as determined by our independent panel of industry experts, including Dan Bendall, FCSI (Principal, FoodStrategy, Inc.), Martin Cowley (Senior Manager, Design and Standards, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), William Eaton, FFCSI (Chairman of the Board, Cini-Little International), Foster F. Frable, Jr., FCSI, Associate AIA (Founding Partner, Clevenger Frable LaVallee), Jim Krueger, Jr., CMCE, NRAMF (Chief, Air Force Food & Beverage Business Development & Strategic Initiatives Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA)), Aaron Lamotte (Director, Sodexo Performance Interiors), Robert Marshall (Vice President, U.S. Operations, McDonald’s Corporation: Retired),  Steve Otto (Director, Capital Equipment Purchasing, Darden), Kathleen H. Seelye, FFCSI, LEED (Managing Partner, Ricca Design Studios).

Visit for more details on the KI program, to apply and to see a list of previous award recipients.

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2016 will be held May 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2016 BAR Event, held in conjunction with NRA Show, will take place May 22-23. The events attract 66,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcase the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and growth opportunities. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR websites at and and find the NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShowFacebook, Instagram @NRAShowYouTube, Flickr, Pinterest and our year-round content hub Brainfeed.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 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 21-24, 2016, 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 @WeRRestaurantsFacebook and YouTube.