Ahhh...grilled food. There is no other cooking process that adequately reproduces the flavor imparted by blazing, radiant heat under a searing hot grid-iron. The variety of foods that respond well to grilling ranges from meat and veggies to bread and fruit. We want to make grilling as accessible as baking or boiling a pot of water. And to be clear, we’re not talking about a panini maker.
Grilling is a major part of the American lifestyle. A 2013 study shows that 80 percent of all US households own a grill or smoker. Nearly half of grill owners consider their outdoor grill as a functional extension of their kitchen. Yet the most popular times for grilling remain Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.* Grilling can become a regular part of an aspiring chef’s cooking toolkit, independent of the weather, the season, or access to space for a grill. To make this happen a design must address some of the deep engineering challenges associated with indoor grilling:
● Smoke and air quality management
● Handling of flare-ups
● Controlling grease splatter
● Residual cleanliness and off-duty appearance
We saw what our FirstBuild Community conceptualized for our first challenge - the Micro-Kitchen Challenge - and we know you already have great ideas cooking up for indoor grilling.
Your indoor grill concept is the beginning of a journey that will end with a working product. If your design or concept is the best, we want to you help guide our community of engineers, designers, and enthusiasts through the process of crafting a prototype that aligns with your vision. As a winner of this challenge, you will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to see your product change the lives of cooking aficionados everywhere.
Design a kitchen appliance that helps solve the challenges keeping you from harnessing the speed and power of outdoor grilling indoors. This could be a free-standing range, a cooktop, or an appliance category of your own invention, as long as it solves the underlying challenges.
● Must be safe for use indoors
● Must be a permanently installed appliance or a modular feature added to an installed appliance
● Standard grilling surface height is 36 inches.
● You tell us how much grill space you want. The appliance should be no larger than a typical range or cooktop.
● There are many possible burner technologies: open gas burner, infrared, electric. If electric, maximum power rating should be 220V / 30A.
● Cooking speed and quality should be comparable to an outdoor grill.
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