2012 Innovator Awards

2012 Innovator Awards

The 2012 StarChefs.com Innovator Awards were announced on the Congress Main Stage on Tuesday, October 2. Each year, these awards recognize companies that offer a product that is innovative in its mission or design, and instrumental in helping chefs or culinary professionals succeed in their endeavors. Nominees are voted on by attendees of the International Chefs Congress, and awards are given in four categories: Heavy Equipment, Specialty Equipment, Food and Beverage, and Tabletop and Smallwares.

Montague

Heavy Equipment

Legend Four-HOB Heavy Duty Induction Electric Range

Montague introduces the Legend Four-HOB Heavy Duty Induction Electric Range. The range offers 90 percent energy efficiency, a four-HOB continuous induction cooktop, and a durable six-mil top with four thermostatically controlled heat zones for maximum performance. Ideal for front or back of the house, this flexible cooking technology is available in a variety of models including countertop, open base, half-size oven base, and refrigerated base. It's sleek, easy to clean, and provides a comfortable working environment for the operator.
StarChef.com Managing Editor Will Blunt, Montague’s Corporate Executive Chef Craig Smith, M. Tucker’s Senior Account Executive Morgan Tucker, Montague VP of Sales Gary Rupp, and StarChefs.com CEO Antoinette Bruno
StarChef.com Managing Editor Will Blunt, Montague’s Corporate Executive Chef Craig Smith, M. Tucker’s Senior Account Executive Morgan Tucker, Montague President Tom Whalen, and StarChefs.com CEO Antoinette Bruno
PolyScience

Specialty Equipment

Sous Vide Toolbox App

The PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox™ iPhone/iPad application guides you to a successful and food-safe sous vide cooking experience. It helps to determine the optimal sous vide cooking and re-heating time for a variety of foods at different temperatures. Instead of providing a limited number of combinations of foods, sizes, shapes, and temperatures as found in time/temperature tables, the Sous Vide Toolbox provides a much wider combination of options—with just a few taps on your screen.
PolyScience President Philip Preston watches as Marketing Manager Christoph Milz is congratulated by Antoinette Bruno and Will Blunt
PolyScience President Philip Preston watches as Marketing Manager Christoph Milz is congratulated by Antoinette Bruno and Will Blunt
Fresh Origins

Food and Beverage

Herb Crystals™ Fennel

Herb Crystals™ and Flower Crystals™ are an innovative original concept from Fresh Origins. With dazzling colors, an exciting crunch, and the incredible flavors of fresh flowers and herbs, these are spectacular new flavor ingredients. Flower Crystals™ Fennel are golden-yellow crystals that provide a concentrated blast of sweet anise flavor. This beautiful new ingredient pairs fabulously with seafood such as seared scallops or salmon. Sprinkle on desserts or even in mixed drinks to add color, crunch, and an extra layer of flavor in a completely new way. 

StarChefs.com’s Will Blunt, M.Tucker’s Senior Account Executive Morgan Tucker, Fresh Origins Owner David Sasuga and his daughter Kelly Sasuga, and StarChefs.com CEO Antoinette Bruno
StarChefs.com’s Will Blunt, M.Tucker’s Senior Account Executive Morgan Tucker, Fresh Origins Owner David Sasuga and his daughter Kelly Sasuga, and StarChefs.com CEO Antoinette Bruno
Steelite International

Tabletop and Smallwares

Craft Collection

Presented by Steelite International, the all new Craft collection was inspired by hand-crafted, simple country wares made by generations of potters over hundreds of years. The range embodies the beauty of rich, lustrous glazes applied by hand and celebrates chance effects and reactions that occur naturally in the kiln. The gem-like glazes married to simple forms and shapes produce a unique and individual appearance, giving Craft a rustic “joie de vivre.” A Performance collection, Craft is protected under the Steelite International Lifetime Edge-Chip Warranty. This commitment to quality excellence ultimately results in a product that you will replace less often—great for your kitchen, great for long-term costs, and great for the environment.
Steelite’s Kim Faloon (far right) with Morgan Tucker of M. Tucker, and StarChefs.com’s Will Blunt and Antoinette Bruno
Steelite’s Kim Faloon (far right) with Morgan Tucker of M. Tucker, and StarChefs.com’s Will Blunt and Antoinette Bruno