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September 19, 2022

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CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association Expo, which brings together restaurant and hospitality buyers and equipment manufacturers, is now accepting applications for the 2023 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards.

The awards program annually recognizes the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking kitchen equipment and product innovations that improve foodservice operations. KI Awardees have the opportunity to showcase their award-winning equipment and products in an exclusive, high-profile showroom, providing additional industry and media exposure.

The show is May 20-23, 2023 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The application deadline is December 7, 2022. To qualify, all equipment innovations must have been introduced within the 24 months prior to the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show. Application information is available online.

“For 18 years, the Kitchen Innovations Awards program has recognized new and improved technologies that elevate automation, efficiency, safety and sustainability within the foodservice industry,” said Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions, a unit Chicago-based Winsight LLC, parent of CSP. “The 2023 show will mark the next wave of foodservice innovation, as the show continues to lead the way in innovative technology and equipment developments that help solve challenges including labor shortages, labor costs and overall operating efficiency.

“This year, we look forward to seeing all the new innovations in the KI Showroom, which is highly regarded as one of the must-see features on the show floor,” he added.

“I couldn’t do enough marketing to get the benefit I get from exhibiting at the National Restaurant Association Show,” said Sally Ray, director of marketing for Hoshizaki and winner of the 2022 Kitchen Innovation Award. “We have the best conversations with clients, we show off our team and see a lot of new people.”

KI Award winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and internationally recognized food facility consultants, multi-unit executives and design experts. The KI 2023 judges are:

The National Restaurant Association Show, Hotel-Motel Show, is owned and operated by Winsight LLC in association with the National Restaurant Association.

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