October 2002 [updated March 2003]
By The Editors
SPECIAL REPORT: 5th Annual Supplies Awards
A stunning number of entriesmore than 130 in allflooded our office for this years Supplies Competition. But only 17 came away with winning accolades.
They came, they saw, they scored. With due diligence our cadre of judgesTy Dassler, Tracy Franas, Joe Palumbo, Jim Schulze and David Shea, all profiled belowtook on the task of judging a record number of entries in the 2002 Supplies Competition. The contest that started in 1998 as a fun project for editors and suppliers alike has evolved into a serious event with logistical challenges galore. Try getting more than 130 products shipped into your office, then moved to a hotel conference room and set up for judging, and youll understand what we mean.
But once those products were out on their tables, oh, the time we had. Judges wandered from item to item, discussing the merits of innovation and fresh design. Dinnerware, stemware and flatware all were handled with an eye toward good looks and functionality, while smallwareseverything from thermometers and a strainer to knives, storage boxes and a pineapple peelergot a workout from judges looking for commercial-kitchen durability.
At the end of the morning, our five judges left the Hampton Inn & Suites in Skokie, Ill., having named 17 winning productssix in the smallwares category, and 11 from the tabletop/servingware group.
As in previous competitions, we hewed to several rules: Smallwares are defined as back-of-house toolsoften, but not always, hand held, and certainly motor freewhile tabletop and servingware items fill a front-of-house need with certain design priorities in addition to functionality.
We required that each entry be introduced to the market after the May 2001 National Restaurant Association Show. Our editors sorted through the lot of submissions and set aside anything that didnt meet our requirements, ending with 45 eligible finalists in smallwares and a whopping 80 eligibles in tabletop/servingware.
And so it was that we editors and the judging pros gathered in mid August 02 just a stones throw from the editorial hub of Foodservice Equipment Reports. On the pages that follow, weve prepared separate stories on each competition, complete with details on the 17 winners and tidbits on the finalists they faced on judging day.
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