National Restaurant Association Show opens applications for 2023 Kitchen Innovation Awards

The KI awards recognize cutting-edge, forward-thinking foodservice equipment that improves operations.
Image courtesy of National Restaurant Association Show

The National Restaurant Association Show announced it is now accepting applications for the 2023 Kitchen Innovation Awards.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2022 and all equipment innovations must have been introduced within 24 months prior to the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show in May.

The KI Awards recognize the most forward-thinking, cutting-edge kitchen equipment and product innovations that can meaningfully improve foodservice operations. All awardees are showcased at McCormick Place in Chicago during the run of the Show, which takes place next year from May 20-23.

“For 18 years, the Kitchen Innovations Awards program has recognized new and enhanced technologies that elevate automation, efficiency, safety and sustainability within the foodservice industry,” said Tom Cindric, President of Winsight Exhibitions. “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.”

The award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and food facility consultants. Application information for the 2023 KI Awards is available online.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


Struggling I Heart Mac and Cheese franchisees push back against their franchisor

Operators say most of them aren't making money and want a break on their royalties. But they also complain about receiving expired cheese from closed stores. "Don't send us moldy product."


In California, jobs are up, but traffic is down

The Bottom Line: Limited-service restaurants have not cut jobs in California, despite the $20 fast-food wage. But that doesn't mean it hasn't had an impact.


First-party catering emerges as a new frontier for restaurant tech

Tech Check: As catering booms, more tech companies are offering restaurants the tools to do it themselves.


More from our partners