ANAHEIM, Calif., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Three weeks after announcing the Grand Opening of its headquarters in Orange County, the National Restaurant Association has awarded kitchen appliance maker Hestan Commercial with two significant Kitchen Innovation Awards in 2015. The fledgling company is recognized for key designs of its Tri-Ferrous French Top with Maximum Center Temperature & Gradient, and its Longitudinal Modular Salamander/Cheesemelter/Shelving System.
The NRA is the largest foodservice trade association in the world and its Kitchen Innovations Awards program has for over 10 years, "recognized and celebrated cutting-edge equipment and technology that specifically improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice operators." Hestan Commercial will be one of the 23 selected winners to be showcased at the interactive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, held from May 16-19 in Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center. "The importance of good design is functionality but also in how something pleases the eye. Hestan's French Top feature delivers on both; it performs beautifully and accurately, and with its clean lines, it harkens back to my early days cooking in France," says Chef Thomas Keller. "Ultimately the guest experience is elevated as well because it allows for consistent excellence in preparations." Earlier in February, Keller signed on as spokesperson of the Hestan Commercial Appliances Division. He was drawn to partner with Hestan because of his ardent support of American based manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Keller provides valuable input and feedback to the design process. In addition, Jackson-based Ramey Agency, Hestan Commercial's lead creative agency, received three Gold ADDY® Awards from AAF Jackson, central Mississippi's chapter of the American Advertising Federation, for their conceptualization of the Hestan Commercial website, print ad and full print ad campaign. The Addy Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. Built entirely in the USA and with six utility patents and five design patents pending, General Manager Eric Deng summarizes his team's efforts, "Why do we innovate? It's not about being perfect but the relentless pursuit of perfection. Hestan is raising the industry bar." About Hestan CommercialHestan Commercial is a premium appliance manufacturer specializing in high-end stainless steel commercial appliances and is a subsidiary of Meyer Corporation, the largest cookware supplier in the U.S. Hestan Commercial is a contemporary kitchen line designed with input from some of the world's top chefs and leading kitchen designers including, Timothy Hollingsworth, Walter Manzke, Corey Lee, Rory Herrmann, Marcus Ware and Amar Santana, and renowned kitchen designer Mark Stech-Novak. The entire stainless steel line is "purpose-built," in response to the challenges that chefs experience on a daily basis, including performance, maintenance, energy use and durability. Hestan Commercial's industrial series is slated to roll out in spring and 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. The outdoor and residential collection will follow in 2016. For more information, visit www.hestancommercial.com, on Twitter @HestanTeam and Instagram hestanteam. About the Ramey AgencyThe Ramey Agency helps high-end and high performance clients manage change to maximize opportunity. Clients look to the organization's ability to craft brand strategy that makes a difference and for its expertise at using marketing communications to engage customers, influencers and key stakeholders. The Ramey Agency has a proud culture of innovation and Southern roots and helps some of the most admired brands of our time create and tell their stories. About the American Advertising Federation The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. About the National Restaurant Association Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. They operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit www.Restaurant.org.