The winners of the 2014 Hotelympia Innovation Awards have been revealed, with the four winning products judged to be the most ground-breaking in their field.
The winners are: Love Fruit Tea by Love Taste Co, TenderOne by TenderOne Bar Services, StableTable Flip Top by StableTable, and the BIC Blend-In-Cup by Manitowoc Foodservice.
The four products were selected from the categories of Catering Equipment, Food & Drink, Technology, and Design & Tabletop, and announced by restaurateur and founder of Cinnamon Kitchen, Cyrus Todiwala, at the hospitality trade show's Main Stage.
Each of the finalists' representatives was invited to pitch their entry in a behind-closed-doors area of Hotelympia, to a selection of judges, who then went on to choose the winners. See the full list of finalists here.
Judges included owner of Gorgeous Group, Robbie Bargh; Nick Sandler, creative chef for Pret A Manger; President of SBID, Vanessa Brady; chief executive of London-based pub and bar group, Grand Union, Adam Marshall; Professor David Russell and David Bentley from respected catering consultancy, The Russell Partnership; Cyrus Todiwala OBE; 2013 National Chef of the Year, Hayden Groves; food futurologist, Morgaine Gaye and Jody Scheckter, founder of Laverstoke Park Farm.
Toby Wand, managing director at event organiser Fresh Montgomery, commented: "Congratulations to our winners - truly some of the brightest new products in an industry alive with innovation. Thank you to everyone who entered - each one of you has helped raise the bar yet again, resulting in our strongest year yet."
THE WINNING PRODUCTS
Love Fruit Tea by Love Taste Co â' Frozen tea pods that are placed in a mug with hot water, to release fruit, and its health benefits, without the mess of a teabag.
TenderOne by TenderOne Bar Services â' a cocktail maker aid that can dispense up to 32 different ingredients into a glass or a shaker in seconds.
StableTable Flip Top by StableTable - a table with movable legs and a 90-degree folding top, which is stable on otherwise unstable surfaces, stores easily, and can be carried through narrow doors.
BIC Blend-In-Cup by Manitowoc Foodservice - a cup for making drinks such as frappes and smoothies, incorporating an "easyTouch" control panel. With automatic rinsing between each drink, and clean-in-place ice sanitisation.
Hospitality trade show Hotelympia is taking place until Thursday this week, at London's ExCel exhibition centre. Registrations for tickets are still being taken at www.hotelympia.com/register.