StarChefs International Chefs Congress Innovator Awards
Honoring Chefs, Producers and Manufacturers Who Are Instrumental in Moving the Industry Forward
Tuesday September 16, 2008
The 2008 ICC Innovator Awards were announced on the main stage on Tuesday, September 16. These awards were given to three chefs and four products. The chef honorees were Larry Forgione (Contribution to American Cuisine Award), Daniel Boulud (Mentoring Award), and Charlie Trotter (Community Award), and the products recognized were the CVap Cook & Hold Oven (Winston Industries), the Microplane Zester/Grater (Microplane), Sechuan Buttons (Koppert Cress USA), and the Tafelstern Showpiece Collection by Bauscher. The awards were voted on by Congress attendees, save for the American Cuisine Award, which was voted on by the StarChefs.com Chefs Advisory Board.
|From Left to Right: Chris Bauermann of Vulcan, Larry Forgione, Daniel Boulud and Kevin Tormey of True Food Service Equipment Not Pictured: Charlie Trotter|
An award that recognizes a chef who is instrumental in supporting young cooks in their quest for success. Through their commitment to hands-on education both within their kitchens and without, these chefs are working to shape the next generation of culinary leaders.
An award that honors chefs who are consistently active in their communities, and to whom community involvement is an essential part of their professional mission. They are generous with their knowledge, resources, and time, and reach out to fellow chefs whenever possible to strengthen the bonds of the culinary community.
|From Left to Right: Antoinette Bruno of StarChefs.com, Howard Richardson of Winston Industries, Mellissa Moore of Microplane, Dana Butler of Microplane, Nicolas Mazard of Koppert Cress, Jeffrey Heaney of Bauscher USA and Will Blunt of StarChefs.com|
These awards recognize a company who offers 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/Smallwares, Food and Beverage, and Tabletop.
CVap Cook & Hold Oven
The CVap Cook and Hold has a patented dual heat system that cooks food to a precise, uniform temperature. The oven provides control over doneness, temperature and level of browning, maximizing profits through increased yield. It’s a favorite of chefs in all levels of dining, from hotel operations to small New York restaurants to the best fine dining restaurants in the country.
The Microplane® Zester/Grater
The Microplane® Zester/Grater was originally designed as a woodworking tool and has made its way into kitchens over the past 10 years, becoming a favorite of professional and home chefs worldwide. Featuring razor sharp all stainless steel blades, the Zester/Grater is designed using a patented technology that effortlessly shaves hard foods and citrus rind without ripping or tearing.
|Food and Beverage
Koppert Cress USA
Feels like “electricity” to many. People compare it to putting your tongue on a 9V battery. Others describe it as “pop rocks” candy. The fantastic thing is that you can incorporate this electric/vibrating feeling in any of your dishes.
Bauscher, USA Inc.
Tafelstern Showpiece Collection
Tafelstern Showpiece Collection has its own unique stars, which create the right setting without any need for further decoration. Each item is modern in design and multifunctional. Each piece offers great innovation and flexibility – opening up surprising perspectives on the table. It’s a new, innovative perspective on plateware.