Australian Invention Sets Benchmark for Industry Innovation and Excellence

Gulf Foods Awards CertificateAustralian invention "Flexsil-Lid" took out honours of "Best Innovation in the Gulfood Awards 2011", recently held in Dubai. The best of the best in the international food and beverage industry were recognized at a spectacular gala dinner held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27 February 2011 to announce the winners of the 2011 Gulfood Awards.

Flexsil-Lid company founder Albert David at the 2011 Gulfood Awards

The awards attracted more than 150 entries from 23 countries in 16 different categories, and were judged by an international panel of experts. Flexsil-Lid was also awarded "Best New Catering Equipment Innovation" by receiving a perfect score by all 6 judges, instigating the creation of the "Best Innovation Award" for the first time. With a background in Border security, company founder Albert David risked his "kids' inheritance" to make it from "Western Sydney" to the Gulfood fair this year.

"I was disappointed in seeing so much waste of food, plastic wrap & foil in my wife‟s café that it drove me to design a product that would be practical, efficient and help save the environment", commented Albert. "I wanted to bring it to the world as Gastronorms & steam pans are used in all restaurants, cafés and hospitality kitchens globally", he said.

The innovative lid – which is designed to be resistant to both the heat of ovens and the cold of freezers – won such admiration from the judging panel that Radisson Blu chef and president of the Emirates Food Guild Uwe Micheel, commented, "I cannot believe that no-one has designed this before."