The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, a leading event for discovering foodservice technology innovations and emerging trends, is now accepting applications for the 2024 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards. Celebrating its 20th year, the program recognizes exceptional equipment and product innovations that elevate foodservice operations and contribute to industry progress.

“The KI Awards exemplify the seamless fusion of innovation and the National Restaurant Association Show's legacy. Over the years, this platform has not only evolved to reflect the changing landscape of the foodservice industry, but it has also been instrumental in driving the evolution. Back-of-house innovation, in particular, has been a cornerstone of our focus,” says Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions. “As we approach 2024, we anticipate KI Award submissions to mirror the industry's cutting-edge trends, encompassing AI-enabled technologies, robotics and novel approaches that address challenges like labor shortages and sustainable practices. The KI Awards continue to set the standard for recognizing ingenuity that propels the industry forward.”

Entries for the 2024 KI Awards will be accepted until December 6, 2023. To be eligible, all equipment innovations must have been introduced within 24 months prior to the 2024 National Restaurant Association Show. Application details for the 2024 KI Awards can be found on the event’s official website. The 2024 National Restaurant Association Show will be held from May 18-21, 2024, at McCormick Place in Chicago, showcasing the pinnacle of foodservice innovation.