My passion for innovating the deep fryer has spanned almost 2 decades now. I am the co-inventor of the world’s first low fat deep fryer launched into the home market as The George Foreman Lean Mean Frying Machine and was licensed by one of the largest commercial deep fryer manufacturers. My patented deep fryer inventions have won some of the most prestigious national and international awards you can receive such as the coveted Kitchen Innovation Award from The National Restaurant Association as well as the Gold Medal For Innovation from HOST in Milan, Italy plus the prestigious American Masters Of Taste Gold Medal for best tasting fried foods.
But during the endless hours I spent in restaurant kitchens talking to staff and testing my various fryer innovations, what I kept seeing and hearing about were stories (some horrific) about how frequently Essential Front Line Restaurant Workers were getting splash burns and/or slipping in front of the fryer.
So I put on my Inventor Hat and started to analyze the problem. And you really can’t get better input than from the Front Line Workers who roll up their sleeves and show you the burns on their hands, arms, legs, torsos and faces…many of which are permanently scarring.
The logical solution to address these serious hazards caused by the deep fryer was to create a barrier between the scalding fryer oil and the Front Line Worker. Thus, much like a sword handle, a jousting lance or a fencing foil has a guard to protect the user, now so does the fryer basket!
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