Prestigious National Restaurant Association award recognizes creative new equipment and technology delivering advancements to foodservice industry
ANAHEIM, Calif., Mar. 1, 2016 – Hestan Commercial, maker of the most advanced commercial kitchen appliances on the market, has been named a 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards recipient by the National Restaurant Association® for its CircuFlame sealed burner, featuring revolutionary dual-flow technology. The dual-flow valve feeds two burner chambers, a main and a simmer, to achieve maximum turndown ratio. The CircuFlame can produce power as high as 30,000 BTU/hour for searing and broiling and as low as 1,500 BTU/hour for simmering, an impressive 20:1 ratio.
The KI Awards annually recognize forward-thinking equipment and technologies that increase efficiencies and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators. An independent panel of industry experts, comprised of internationally recognized food facilities consultants, multi-unit restaurant executives, and design experts, selected the KI Award recipients. Each recipient and their product will be showcased in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held from May 21-24 in Chicago at McCormick Place.
“This recognition is important and appreciated, as it underscores our passion for product innovation, design and engineering for the greater good of the foodservice industry,” said Dick Zirges, Vice President of Territory Sales and Service for Hestan Commercial. “Tangible chef input drives every decision we make. Their desire for a more efficient and functional sealed burner was the catalyst for the CircuFlame’s creation.”
Hestan Commercial launched in February 2015. Built entirely in the USA and with six utility patents and five design patents pending, Hestan Commercial is an innovative kitchen line designed with input from some of the world’s top chefs and leading kitchen designers to revolutionize the world of foodservice equipment for the professional kitchen. The entire stainless steel line is “purpose-built,” to address the performance, maintenance, energy use and durability challenges chefs experience daily. Standard features such as hydraulic-assisted oven doors that provide a soft open and create less wear are one example.
Hestan Commercial’s lineup includes freestanding ranges, island suites, countertop equipment, convection ovens, griddles, char broilers, French tops, hot tops, planchas, salamanders, cheesemelters, fryers, pasta cookers and refrigerated bases.