2021 Kitchen Innovation Awards Submissions Open at National Restaurant Association Show®

2021 KI Awards Kitchen Innovation 16 products
  • Red Gold
  • RATIONAL USA
  • Day & Nite
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • RAK Porcelain
  • Enterprise Greece
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Henny Penny F5
  • Imperial Dade
  • Inline Plastics

Foodservice innovators are invited to submit applications to be recognized for developing the industry’s best equipment advancements


It’s time, once again, to showcase the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovation.

The National Restaurant Association Show, the premier event to learn about foodservice technology innovations, unique ingredients, and emerging trends in the restaurant industry, is now accepting applications for the 2021 Kitchen Innovation (KI) Awards. The KI Awards program recognizes the year’s most forward-thinking and cutting-edge innovations that meaningfully improve foodservice operations.

“Each year, we wait in anticipation for the KI Awards submissions so we can hear about the industry’s latest and most ingenious products that are certain to shape the future of the industry,” said Tom Cindric, President of Winsight Exhibitions. “Given today’s challenges, we are more excited than ever to honor companies that develop progressive equipment that increases efficiencies, productivity, and ultimately, the bottom line.”

The KI Award products are traditionally honored for helping industry growth through a focus on automation, efficiency, safety improvements, sustainability, waste solutions, and more. Each 2021 KI Awardee will be featured in the KI Showroom at the 2021 Show, to be held May 22-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The KI Showroom draws high-profile crowds with dedicated exhibit space for each KI Awardee, open spaces for conversations, and Fireside Chats where experts share insights about implementing innovative equipment solutions. Throughout the four-day event, the KI Showroom will welcome operators, dealers, consultants, and media professionals where they will have the opportunity to see product demonstrations and connect with each award recipient.

  • Enterprise Greece
  • Red Gold
  • RATIONAL USA
  • RAK Porcelain
  • Inline Plastics
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Henny Penny F5
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • Imperial Dade
  • Day & Nite

“As a global company, the KI Award accreditation has given UNOX industry wide credibility for bringing innovative solutions to customers worldwide,” said Mark Klindera, President of UNOX North America. “Our 2020 KI Awarded EVEREO – THE HOT FRIDGE technology has quickly been adopted by operators as a solution for food preservation during the pandemic. The combined timing of receiving the award and roll out of EVEREO could not have been better!”

All KI Awardees receive industry-wide exposure before and after the Show. This prestigious endorsement can open doors with operators, media, and dealers. Additional benefits as a return on the investment include:

  • Validation and credibility from a panel of expert industry judges, including operators, consultants, and specifiers
  • Turnkey exhibit space in the highly trafficked KI Showroom
  • KI Awards logo and custom signage for use in marketing efforts for the life of the product
  • High-profile exposure on and off the Show floor
  • Increased media coverage and visibility with influential dealers and operators
  • Exposure through Show attendee marketing, including listings on the National Restaurant Association Show’s website and emails
  • Manufacturers’ recognition as an industry leader
  • Sale increases from top quality attendees at the Show

Chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and internationally recognized food facility consultants, multi-unit executives, and design experts, the 2021 KI Award recipients will reflect the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today—and showcase the future of the industry. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2020. To qualify, all equipment innovations must have been introduced within 24 months prior to the 2021 Restaurant Show. Application information for the 2021 KI Awards is available online.

As the global restaurant and hospitality industry’s premier trade show, the National Restaurant Association Show is the place to explore everything that’s happening in the hospitality industry, from the latest food and beverage trends to emerging technology. It’s all here! For more information and to register, visit nationalrestaurantshow.com/registration and connect with the Show online on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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

  • RAK Porcelain
  • Inline Plastics
  • Henny Penny F5
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Enterprise Greece
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • Imperial Dade
  • RATIONAL USA
  • Red Gold
  • Day & Nite