Vulcan Versatile Chef Station Earns Kitchen Innovations® Award

2019 National Restaurant Association Show® Distinction is Third Award for VCS

A new kind of kitchen workstation from Vulcan, the manufacturer known for quality, energy efficient commercial cooking equipment, has once again been honored as an innovative, award-winning product.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has named Vulcan’s Versatile Chef Station as a recipient of the Kitchen Innovations 2019 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The VCS, designed to provide kitchens with versatility and precision, is one of 25 products highlighted as part of the show’s 15th annual awards showcase.

The VCS is a compact, heavy duty, multi-function cooking station that allows chefs to maximize every inch of space while streamlining their workflow. The award from the NRA Show follows one bestowed in October when the VCS won the 2018 StarChefs International Chefs Congress Innovator Award for Heavy Equipment, and one in November when it received the Editor’s Choice Award in the New Equipment Category at the Hotel Experience Show.

“Phenomenal response”

“The response we’ve received from introducing the VCS to the National Restaurant Association, as well as the International Chef’s Congress and HX18, has been phenomenal,” said Chris Stern, Vulcan’s business unit manager for ranges. “Professionals appreciate that with the VCS they can cook anything from seared tuna to tempura to pasta in this one, easy-to-use, compact piece of equipment.”

Acting as a griddle, fry pan, stock pot, saucepan and rondeau pan all in one, the Vulcan VCS is purpose-built for chefs who need more functionality in less space. At one compact station, chefs can sear, braise, simmer, steam, boil, shallow fry, sauté and retherm.

The VCS is built with six integrated heating elements per well, enabling fast heat up and heat recovery. Built-in temperature monitors deliver accurate, uniform heat, within 2°F, corner to corner, while a precise digital display eliminates temperature guesswork. To quickly move from braising to simmering, chefs can push a button to add water to the cooking well. During cleanup, waste liquids can be drained into a pan, six-gallon shuttle or directly into the floor drain.

Vulcan will receive the KI 2019 Award at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held from May 18-21 in Chicago at McCormick Place.

About Vulcan:

Masterful design. Precision performance. State-of-the-art innovation. For more than 150 years, Vulcan has been recognized by chefs and operators throughout the world for top-quality, energy efficient commercial cooking equipment that consistently produces spectacular results. Trust Vulcan to help make your culinary creations turn out just right—each and every time. Vulcan is part of ITW Food Equipment Group (NYSE: ITW). For more information, visit

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