Each year The Restaurant Show plays host to a special competition, recognising the most innovative ideas and ingenious inventions in the hospitality industry. The Great New Idea competition is open to exhibitors at The Restaurant Show, Conscious Hospitality Show, the newly launched Bar & Pub Show and Catering Equipment Expo. Right now, entries are pouring in from exhibitors with a whole range of fantastic ideas, each vying for the Best New Idea 2016 title. The winners are decided by votes from show attendees and an expert panel, with the best concepts being announced on the final day of The Restaurant Show (5th October 2016).

Votes are cast online before the show. The entries so far are incredibly diverse, ranging from newly launched food and drink products to clever kitchen equipment.

Revolutionary restaurant ideas

A useful concept contending for The Restaurant Show’s Best New Idea award is the Eau de Vie Medium Remote System, which enables restaurants to bottle their own unlimited, purified chilled still and sparkling water in house. This clever idea is an easy-to-use under counter system dispensed through stylish bar style taps.

Zapp Canopy Umbrellas Ltd have an invention to help withstand the British weather, their entry, the Butterfly Awning is possibly the first awning system to be designed to perform in wet and windy conditions. It’s a smart and stylish design and can even include integrated lighting and heating.

Conscious concepts

Conscious Hospitality Show’s Great New Idea competition is set to see some brilliant new concepts centred on the themes of sustainability, nutrition, efficiency and the environment. One contender for the title comes from Winterhalter Ltd with their range of Undercounter Dishwashers, which can be adjusted to meet precise on-site conditions and offer the best chance of providing optimal wash results.

Another great conscious hospitality concept comes from Natufia Labs PLC, who are bringing the garden into the kitchen with their Kitchen Garden appliance, allowing restaurants to grow their own sustainable, organic leafy greens, herbs and microgreens.

Brilliant bar and pub ideas

For ideas that will boost bar sales and keep customers interested, look no further than the entries for The Bar & Pub Show’s Great New Idea. Twisted Halo Drinks Ltd are shaking up the alcoholic beverages sector with their entry; a gently sparkling blend of coconut water twisted with ginger and muddled with premium vodka. With natural ingredients and only 90 calories per bottle, it’s a strong contender for the title.

If your establishment serves cocktails and long drinks you won’t want to miss out on the Great New Idea entry from Pentland Wholesale Ltd, the Simag SMI80 Crushed Ice Machine. This newly designed ice machine produces crushed ice that’s ideal for cocktails and long drinks thanks to its innovative freezer and extruder. This delivers very hard and dry ice with only 8% of residual water content which can last longer in alcoholic drinks.

Clever catering equipment

Over at Catering Equipment Expo, there are several ideas for back and front of house use. There’s a world first from R H Hall, with their entry, the New Covent Garden Soup Server, which offers fresh tasting soup anywhere, anytime.

CED Fabrications Ltd are entering the Designline Heated Patisserie, a free standing hot patisserie allowing you to illuminate, heat and display pre-heated, cooked grab and go food. This state of the art invention uses static and fan blown hot air, maintaining product temperature between 65-75°C in a surrounding 20°C.

To see all of these great ideas and more in action visit The Restaurant Show on 3-5 October 2016 at Olympia, London. When you register for the show you’ll automatically have access to The Bar & Pub Show, Conscious Hospitality Show and Catering Equipment Expo, which all run alongside The Restaurant Show. Find out more and register at www.therestaurantshow.co.uk.