The SCRAEGG Pro has beaten off competition from Print 2Taste and American company Tablee to be named winner of FCSI’s inaugural Start Me Up Awards at Host.
The machine can whisk and heat to 96°C using a patent-pending steam nozzle in approximately 15 seconds, making a scrambled egg with a fluffy, creamy consistency without the need for additional oil.
27 start-up companies originally entered the competition, which was sponsored by Electrolux Professional, with a judging panel of FCSI Professional members and the Design Director of Electrolux Professional deciding the winner.
In a final round of live judging at the FCSI booth at HostMilano on Sunday, the 3d food printing system Procusini 4.0 from Print2Taste, the SCRAEGG Pro unit from SCRAEGG and the Tablee platform from Tablee had one last chance to impress judges and make a final pitch.
The three finalists had 10 minutes on stage each – five minutes to present and five minutes for questions – in a Shark Tank-style format before the judges decided on their winner over lunch.
Chris Rapp from SCRAEGG, which can whisk and heat eggs soups and porridge to 96°C using a patent-pending steam nozzle, was presented with the award during FCSI’s Sponsor Recognition Party at the ‘& Restaurant’ in Fiera Milano.
The Awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional, were launched in May 2019 to celebrate innovative ideas from start-up businesses with the potential to have a game-changing impact on the commercial foodservice, beverage and laundry industry.
Nick Vaccaro, executive director of FCSI Worldwide, said: “The Start Me Up Awards showcase FCSI’s proud commitment to innovation in this industry.
“It has been an exciting campaign, with so many great entries and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the overall winner, SCRAEGG, and the other finalists.”
Alberto Zanata, CEO of Electrolux Professional, added: “We are proud to support this Awards, which reflect Electrolux Professional’s commitment to innovation in foodservice, beverage and laundry.
“The Awards have a worthy winner in SCRAEGG, but all of the finalists presented excellently and all three have exciting products.”
In receiving the award, SCRAEGG’s Chris said: “For us, this is a very big thing and an honour to win. It proves that our concept is a genuine innovation, but for an organisation such as FCSI to see our great potential makes me proud.
“I thought the organisation of the event was great, from the beginning to the end. It was so easy to enter and it never felt like hard work, even during the presentation stage. It was a great outcome for us.”