Top Products for Chefs from NAFEM 2017

Video Produced by Denise Toledo

Thousands of prep, cooking, storage, and table service products are on display for operators, dealers and consultants every other year at the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers' Equipment and Supply Show. This year's show, held in Orlando, Fla., entertained attendees with new products, interactive demonstrations, and lots of delicious bites!

Chefs, looking to heat things up in the kitchen? Here were the hottest finds we found for you after walking up and down every aisle.

PolyScience Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun lets chefs infuse a smoky flavor into almost anything, acting as an alternative to traditional smoking methods. Salads, chocolate, sauces, butter, fruits, and even drinks can now be cool-smoked to create unique culinary innovations. With the Smoking Gun chefs, can use wood chips, teas, herbs, hay, and dried flowers to infuse their dishes. This product opens chefs to a number of new possibilities.

Woodstone Gas Plancha

The Woodstone Gas Plancha was originally developed for Chipotle. Now hitting the public market, the Woodstone Gas Plancha outperforms most planchas by reaching 650 degrees. Not to mention its ability to hold any temperature with zero recovery time! The plancha also has four different zones, each with its own temperature setting, meaning you can cook foods at four different temperatures all at the same time.

Comark Waterproof Pocketherm Folding Thermometer

Turning even the most basic chef supplies digital, Comark has removed the work from logging temperature data. With the Waterproof Pocketherm Folding Thermometer, you simply measure the temperature and move on. All temperature data is stored for you and can be accessed via any web browser. It can be folded for storage, and is waterproof, too!

Keep your eye out for our next episode showing some of the best products we saw available for brands at NAFEM 2017!

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Casual DIning 2017

Big Ben isn't the biggest thing in London this week. Casual Dining 2017, named "Best Trade Show" multiple years at the AEO Excellence Awards, is bringing together more than 200 food, drink, equipment, furniture, interior design, tabletop, technology, and service suppliers — and over 4,500 attendees — all ready to discover the latest trends and products in foodservice, and all passionate professionals in the restaurant, bar, and pub industry.

High-profile brands such as TGI Friday's, Mitchells & Butlers, Casual Dining Group, and many more will be speaking in the show's Keynote Theatre, with the full schedule and summary available here. From how to prepare for Brexit and how to market like a chain with the feel of an independent, to marketing your way out of a disaster and how to grow without changing your culture, Feb. 22-23 will be jam-packed with powerful seminars. The best part? Your ticket gives you free access to both days.

That's right — free visitor registration. The entire 2017 show guide is online. Other show highlights include the "Casual Dining Innovation Challenge Awards," where the 15 exhibitors who receive the most visitor votes will be invited to pitch their new innovations. The judging panel includes supply chain managers, executive chefs, and other professionals from brands including GBK, Young's & Geronimo Pubs, Country Inns, and others.

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