Combined Patents (Class 99/357)
  • Patent number: 10271558
    Abstract: An automatic sandwich maker designed to automate the process of preparing sandwiches, including hamburgers, is included. This automated sandwich maker is designed for use in commercial kitchens, including small commercial kitchens, such as fast-food kitchens. The apparatus and method for automatically making sandwiches overcomes the drawbacks and limitations of the prior art. The individual sandwich process can be controlled by communications interface with a point of sales system. The inventive apparatus and method reduces manpower requirements for restaurants, provides enhanced ingredient control, and improves overall product quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Bishop, Victor Donisi
  • Patent number: 10226145
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the movement of liquids into and out of a container is described. The cleanable, portable, fully automated apparatus includes a main container for holding the food product, a liquid inlet container having a liquid inlet and inlet valve for controllably providing liquid into the main container and a liquid outlet container receiving liquid drained from the main container. A heater automatically heats the main container and a motor rotates or otherwise moves the main container from a receiving position for receiving fresh liquid from the inlet container to a drainage position for draining waste liquid via gravity from the main container into the outlet container. This rotation/movement of the main container can be used repeatedly to add fresh liquid and remove waste liquid during multiple fully automated cycles (e.g., sprouting, rinsing, soaking, cooking, etc.) that do not require user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LEGUPRO AB
    Inventors: David Storek, Robert P. Otillar, Antonia L. Sequeira
  • Patent number: 9849208
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for the flexible ion generation device includes at least one dielectric layer, at least one trace having a first end and a second end, the at least one trace is engaged to the at least one dielectric layer, and at least one emitter engaged to the trace for emitting ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Global Plasma Solutions
    Inventor: Charles Houston Waddell
  • Patent number: 9538766
    Abstract: An automatic baking machine includes a loading unit having a plurality of carriers on a first conveyor configured for receipt of individual goods to be baked. A downstream oven unit has a transportation device to transport the goods received from the loading unit through the oven unit. A delivery unit is arranged downstream from the oven unit and includes a second conveyor with a plurality of carriers for receipt of baked goods from the transportation device. A vertically stationary linear conveyor is arranged between the first conveyor and the transportation device, wherein the goods to be baked are transferred from the first conveyor to the linear conveyor, conveyed by the linear conveyor in a vertically fixed plane, and transferred from the linear conveyor to the transportation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: R. Weiss Verpackungstechnik GmbH and Co. KG
    Inventor: Reinald Weiss
  • Patent number: 9386799
    Abstract: One variation of a method for dispensing toppings onto topping vehicles includes: indexing a first topping vehicle to a first position adjacent a first topping module, the first topping module comprising a first hopper containing a first topping of a first topping type; indexing a second topping vehicle to a second position adjacent a second topping module comprising a second hopper containing a second topping of a second topping type; retracting a first blade of the first topping module; advancing the first blade through the first topping; retracting a first retaining plate to dispense a topping slice from the first topping onto the first topping vehicle according to a first topping order for the first topping vehicle specifying the first topping type, the first retaining plate offset from the first blade opposite the first hopper; advancing the first retaining plate; and indexing the first topping vehicle to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Momentum Machines Company
    Inventors: Alexandros Vardakostas, Steven Frehn, John Lawrence McDonald
  • Patent number: 9326544
    Abstract: One variation of a method for dispensing toppings onto topping vehicles includes: indexing a first topping vehicle to a first position adjacent a first topping module, the first topping module comprising a first hopper containing a first topping of a first topping type; indexing a second topping vehicle to a second position adjacent a second topping module comprising a second hopper containing a second topping of a second topping type; retracting a first blade of the first topping module; advancing the first blade through the first topping; retracting a first retaining plate to dispense a topping slice from the first topping onto the first topping vehicle according to a first topping order for the first topping vehicle specifying the first topping type, the first retaining plate offset from the first blade opposite the first hopper; advancing the first retaining plate; and indexing the first topping vehicle to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Momentum Machines Company
    Inventors: Alexandros Vardakostas, Steven Frehn, John Lawrence McDonald
  • Patent number: 9295281
    Abstract: One variation of a method for dispensing toppings onto topping vehicles includes: indexing a first topping vehicle to a first position adjacent a first topping module, the first topping module comprising a first hopper containing a first topping of a first topping type; indexing a second topping vehicle to a second position adjacent a second topping module comprising a second hopper containing a second topping of a second topping type; retracting a first blade of the first topping module; advancing the first blade through the first topping; retracting a first retaining plate to dispense a topping slice from the first topping onto the first topping vehicle according to a first topping order for the first topping vehicle specifying the first topping type, the first retaining plate offset from the first blade opposite the first hopper; advancing the first retaining plate; and indexing the first topping vehicle to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Momentum Machines Company
    Inventors: Alexandros Vardakostas, Steven Frehn, John Lawrence McDonald
  • Patent number: 8948579
    Abstract: Provided is an infrared radiation cooker in which heat from an infrared lamp is directly applied onto food being grilled, to thus cook the upper and inner parts of the food, as well as onto a rotatable pan, to thus simultaneously cook the lower part of the food. As a result, the food cooks evenly throughout without burning or creating residual odors from above to below as well as from outer to inner, and further the rotatable pan of respectively different structures can be selected depending on an intended cooking purpose, to thereby adjust height of the rotatable pan, which changes a heat intensity, to thus vary a cooking style, and which can be used to boil, grill or roast foods as one would like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jin-Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20150030730
    Abstract: PCI (Plasmacluster Ion) ions are released for approximately five minutes to a food such as vegetables, at a temperature of around 40° C. in a no-air flowing state and with no steam present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Shinya Ueda, Tatsuya Mineoka, Yasuaki Sakane
  • Patent number: 8925444
    Abstract: A machine to fast cook raw food-stuff including dry-goods such as pasta on demand. Cook time is user selectable and varies from less than one minute to 4 minutes. Higher cook times are user programmable and food type dependent. The separate boiler and cook chamber are sealed within an enclosure containing a heat transfer fluid. Porting enables the ingress, egress and transfer of raw and cooked food-stuff, liquid and vapor. Proprietary slide plate valves control food-stuff ingress and egress to the cook chamber. The upper slide plate valve assembly separates the cook chamber from the raw food ingress staging aperture. Rinse water and cooked food-stuff discharges into the drain pan containing and enclosing the food collection strainer through the lower slide plate valve assembly. Discharge of the cooked food product completes the cook cycle. The cooked food can then be deposited from the strainer onto a serving vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: John T. Novak, Henry Narcisi, John Cammarata
  • Publication number: 20140299159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking appliance (1) for the processing of food products, with a pan (10), comprising inside walls, preferably consisting of a front wall (15), a rear wall (12), two side walls (13, 14), and a bottom (11), as a result of which an interior space is formed, which serves as the cooking space (16), a lid (20), which serves to close the cooking space (16), a drain (30), which is formed in the bottom (11) of the pan (10) and which can be closed or used to discharge liquid in particular from the cooking space (16) when desired, and a cleaning device (40), which serves to clean the cooking space (16) of the pan (10), wherein the cleaning device (40) is connected to a feed device for a liquid to be introduced into the cooking space (16) and comprises at least one spray nozzle (42) for introducing the liquid into the cooking space (16), wherein the at least one spray nozzle (42) is designed to be movable within the cooking space (16), wherein the cleaning device (40) is a high-pressu
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Helm
  • Publication number: 20140245905
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking apparatus that includes a cooking element operable to heat a cooking vessel, and an illumination device that is illuminated to convey information about an operational aspect of the cooking element to a user. A body panel of the cooking apparatus defines an aperture through which light emitted by the illumination device exits the cooking apparatus. A lens is coupled to the body panel adjacent to the aperture to interfere with entry of foreign matter into an interior of the cooking apparatus through the aperture. The lens includes a protruding region that extends from within the interior of the cooking apparatus at least partially into the aperture, and a flange region that extends laterally outward, generally away from the protruding region and is coupled to an underside of the body panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Constantin Lamasanu
  • Patent number: 8820219
    Abstract: An automated food preparation system is described. It allows precise, automated control of the food preparation process, and has the ability to perform an automated cleanup. It comprises at least one manipulator to process and move ingredients, a control system, an autonomously accessible ingredient storage system, and at least one cooking receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: David Benjamin Buehler
  • Patent number: 8723084
    Abstract: The household appliance (1) for the production of bread comprises—a cooking chamber (11), —electrical supply means (19) for heating said cooking chamber (11), —a drive means ((12) pivotally activated in said cooking chamber (11) by a geared motor (13), —a container (10) which can be accommodated in said cooking chamber (11) and having at least a containment chamber (2) for the bread and at least a mixing shovel (3) positioned inside said containment chamber (2) and able to be directly or indirectly moved by said drive means (12), said containment chamber (2) being so configured to have a first proportion ratio (R1) between every dimension (A, B, ?) of its base and its height (H), and a second proportion ratio (R2) between the dimension of its height (H) and the length (L) of said shovel (3), said ratios being able to give to the cooked bread in said containment chamber (2) a mainly low and wide shape with a little crumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe De'Longhi
  • Patent number: 8640607
    Abstract: Provided is an improved bidirectional heating cooker having a cooking pan including a first pan portion whose one portion is cut out open in order to form an incision portion and a second pan portion that is placed at the incision portion of the first pan portion, in a manner that the cooking pan is not formed into a fitting method being fitted with a central supporting pillar through a center hole formed at the center of the cooking pan but formed into a seating method being seated on the upper portion of a lower heating unit, to thereby enable the cooking pan to be easily attached on or detached from the lower heating unit to thus be easily washed, and to thereby allow various types of cooking pans to be easily combined to thus enhance conveniences of use and to be easily replaced with new ones and to be easily combined with other types of cooking pans to thus enable the various types of cooking pans to be used in combination and to accordingly cook different kinds of foods simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jin Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8621989
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a food manufacturing apparatus comprising a feed system for inputting a plurality of materials, an extruder and a cutting assembly. The extruder comprises a pump system and a rotating extrusion die removably connected to the pump system, wherein the rotating extrusion die comprises at least one product channel for receiving and extruding the plurality of materials. The cutting assembly comprises at least one groove and a wire attached through the groove. The feed system is attached to the extruder and the cutting assembly is located at a position to cut the extruded plurality of materials with the wire from the rotating extrusion die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Franz Haas Waffel- und Keksanlagen-Industrie GmbH
    Inventor: Hans van der Ent
  • Patent number: 8618447
    Abstract: The fryer (1) for cooking a food product, comprises a main body (2) for housing a tilted container (3) adapted to receive the cooking oil, a tilted basket for containing the food product, positioned in an extractable manner in the container, first (30, 31) and second heating means (49), a selector for selecting a first cooking mode in a first volume of oil with the first heating means or a second cooking mode in a second volume of oil greater than the first volume of oil with the second heating means, and rotation means (17) adapted to operate in rotation the basket (11) or at least a mixing paddle (13) present or positionable inside the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Giuseppe De' Longhi
  • Patent number: 8575520
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to heating systems. In various embodiments, a tray may be supported adjacent a housing having a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat to food items within each of the heating compartments. In other embodiments, a vessel may be configured to be disposed in a housing having a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat within each of the heating compartments. In further embodiments, a housing may have a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat within each of the heating compartments, and the heating compartment may have open ends arranged around a circumference of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Garr
  • Patent number: 8534188
    Abstract: A cheesecake pan system having a bottom plate, a pan rim having a side wall and a hollow center, a lip on an inner surface, the bottom plate temporarily rests atop the lip, a water base having a bottom surface and a side wall that together form an enclosure for holding water, the side wall has a top and bottom edge, a locking means allow the water base and the pan rim to engage each other, a vapor hole in the side wall, a vacuum mount base removably attached to the bottom edge of the side wall a distance below the bottom surface of the water base, the bottom surface, the side wall, and the vacuum mount base together form a bottom cavity, and a vacuum locking means to secure the vacuum mount base to the water base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara A. Winfield
  • Patent number: 8511293
    Abstract: A modular outdoor kitchen comprises a plurality of weather-resistant outdoor kitchen modules. Each module comprises a frame having a plurality of outer faces. The modules are releasably connected together in mating arrangement. A plurality of weather-resistant fascia panels are provided on at least a portion of the pluralities of outer faces of the frames. Each fascia panel includes at least one exterior surface that simulates the appearance of an outdoor building material. The modular outdoor kitchen substantially has the appearance of a built-in outdoor kitchen that is substantially constructed of the outdoor building material when the plurality of outdoor kitchen modules are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Mediumrare, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Charles Thompson, Bruce Douglas Spangrud
  • Publication number: 20130125764
    Abstract: A ventilation system that allows air to be directly discharged indoors, a the ventilation system including a body and a ventilation apparatus provided at an edge of an upper surface of the body and configured to take in polluted air generated during cooking, wherein the ventilation apparatus includes a suction port configured to take in the polluted air, a suction fan provided at an inside the body and configured to generate a suction force for the polluted air to be taken in through the suction port, a passage through which the air taken in through the suction port passes, at least one filter mounted at an inside the passage and configured to purify the air passing through the passage, and an exit port communicating with one end portion of the passage and configured to discharge the air purified by the at least one filter indoors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicants: SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sogang University Research and Business Found
  • Publication number: 20130104872
    Abstract: Cooking and heating stove fuelled by pellet or biomass grain apt to cook and to heat water for domestic heating comprising a hearth fuelled by pellets or biomass grains, at least one plate to cook food and two heat exchangers to heat water for domestic heating wherein the cooking plate is located above the hearth fuelled by pellets or biomass grains, said two heat exchangers are positioned at the sides of the cooking plate, that on one side of said heat exchangers two inclined deflection plate are mounted that forces the combustion fumes to go up to touch the cooking plate and then to flow on the heat exchangers, the heat exchangers are two bundles with parallel pipes, on said pipes of said bundle heat exchangers at least one fixed deflection plate is located, said fixed deflection plates are perpendicular to said pipes of said bundle heat exchangers, each fixed deflection plate has a unique gateway that is positioned above or below each pipe bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: UNGARO SRL
    Inventor: UNGARO SRL
  • Publication number: 20130042767
    Abstract: The cooking vessel (50) has a bottom (56) and rotary blade driving means (32) inside a vessel wall (51), and is suitable for working on a support plate (2) of a cooking hob (1) having rotary blade driving means (32) to rotate a lower magnetic coupling member (5). The vessel includes an upper magnetic coupling member (54) connected to the blades (53) and arranged close to an upper surface of said support plate (2) when the vessel (50) is on the plate. The vessel comprises a support element (55) below said bottom (56) of the vessel (51) for resting on the support plate (2), said support element (55) having a coefficient of friction with respect to the support plate (2) low enough to allow the sliding and self-centering of the cooking vessel (50) due to the effect of said lower magnetic coupling member (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: ELECTRODOMESTICOS TAURUS, SL
    Inventors: Josep Alet Vidal, Lluis Trench Roca
  • Patent number: 8336450
    Abstract: An ice jacketed cooking apparatus provides a base that supports a plurality of legs that hold a cooking pot at an elevated position above the base. This enables conventional burners to be placed underneath the pot and upon the base during cooking period. A jacket surrounds the cooking pot and enables ice and water to be held in close proximity to the cooking pot and around the cooking pot at a selected time after cooking is completed. The ice enables spicy liquid such as pepper or salt infused water to be cooled quickly without diluting the pepper or spice or salt infused water after cooking is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Ness
  • Publication number: 20120266758
    Abstract: A cooker is provided. The cooker includes a casing, a cavity part in the casing and including a cooking chamber to cook food, and an exhaust duct through which exhaust gas is discharged. The exhaust duct includes a first duct part having a lower end communicating with the cooking chamber, a second duct part extending from the other end of the first duct part, the second duct part making a predetermined angle with respect to the first duct part or having a predetermined curvature, and a flow passage extension protruded from a portion of the first duct part or the second duct part in an outward direction. At least a portion of the flow passage extension extends at an angle different from the predetermined angle between the first and second duct parts or the flow passage extension has a curvature different from the predetermined curvature of the second duct part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Jongho LEE, Jeahyuk Wie
  • Publication number: 20120247345
    Abstract: A teppanyaki assembly comprises a platform including a cooking plane, an air pump installed in the platform, and an air filter connected to the air pump. The air filter has a housing with an air room defined therein connecting to an air channel of the air pump and a filter screen slantwise disposed within the air room for increasing an area available for filtering air and oil fumes, thereby facilitating an increase of transient air flow, a decrease of wind resistance, and an efficient oil fumes interception to prevent the problem of air pollution. An additional arrangement of a cleaning door on the housing also allows the filter screen to be promptly taken out for following washing and maintaining proceedings, which increases the using convenience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Ting-Fang Chiang
  • Patent number: 8276505
    Abstract: An automated food preparation system is described. It allows precise, automated control of the food preparation process, and has the ability to perform an automated cleanup. It comprises at least one manipulator to process and move ingredients, a control system, an autonomously accessible ingredient storage system, and at least one cooking receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: David Benjamin Buehler
  • Publication number: 20120237646
    Abstract: A novel vending machine system integrating a food storage container and a high speed stored energy cooking oven capable of cooking foods in under one minute such as that further described by U.S. Provisional Application 60/822,028 filed on Aug. 10, 2006 as well as co-pending application “Wire Mesh Thermal Radiative Element and Use in a Radiative Oven” filed on Dec. 30, 2008 by De Luca. The invention disclosing a novel configuration for the oven incorporating storage, a system allowing for the proper cooking of items and food positioning, an activation system, and an invoicing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Publication number: 20120216684
    Abstract: A slow cooker includes a base having a heating element coupled thereto, a cooking vessel removably positioned in a compartment defined in the base, and a removable lid coupled to the cooking vessel. The cooking vessel has a cooking chamber defined therein. The removable lid includes a first panel that is configured to pivot between an open position in which access to the cooking chamber is permitted and a closed position in which access to the cooking chamber is prevented. The removable lid includes a second panel that is also configured to pivot between an open position in which access to the cooking chamber is permitted and a closed position in which access to the cooking chamber is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER A. GREGORY, LEIF A. NORLAND, JOHN A. COLASANTI
  • Patent number: 8252353
    Abstract: Custom food product methods and apparatus are provided that allow customers to participate in the preparation of food products as a part of the dining experience. A method of preparing a custom food product under the direction of a customer includes placing a customer-selected substrate on a scale of custom food product preparation table, placing customer-selected ingredients on the substrate in customer-selected amounts and customer-selected areas, and calculating and displaying the cost of the custom food product to the customer as the customer-selected ingredients are placed on the substrate. Each ingredient is assigned a cost per unit of weight and, as the ingredients are utilized, the cost of the food product is calculated and displayed via a display associated with the table. A customer may be provided with a record of the ingredients of the custom food product and may include an image and/or name of the custom food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Hrudka
  • Patent number: 8234972
    Abstract: An automated grill automatically transfers frozen food from a freezer component to grilling component by an automatic loading device in response to a signal. Frozen food is loaded in a loading side in the freezer component. When the signal is received indicating that the food is to be grilled, food in a feeding side is raised and delivered to the loading device. When a sensor detects that food is positioned in the loading device, the loading device removes the food from the freezer component and into the grilling component. The food is then grilled as it travels between two substantially vertical grilling structures each surrounded by a conveyor belt. Preferably, the conveyor belt is made of a non-stick coated Invar. A lateral sensor detects and compensates for lateral movement of the conveyor belts. After the food exits the grilling component, the food slides onto a heated holding area for serving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, James D. Conlin, Thomas J. Franken, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Ronald J. Glavan, Scott A. Glawe, David A. Hill, Michael J. Newberry, Jack Pellicane, Manuel Calzada, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Publication number: 20120174801
    Abstract: A teppanyaki platform comprises a platen, a stir-frying area disposed on the platen for stir-frying food, an eating area disposed around a periphery of the stir-frying area for users to dine, and a preparing area disposed between the stir-frying area and the eating area. By means of the separation brought about by the preparing area, the raw food and the cooked food would not be concurrently disposed on the stir-frying area, so that the raw food does not mix with the cooked food, and the dining hygiene is ensured. The arrangement of the preparing area and the eating area disposed in different horizontals renders the eating area and the stir-frying area more distinguishable for consumers to avoid mistakenly taking the raw food from the stir-frying area, so that the dining safety is increased, and the convenience of cleaning the dining plates is promoted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: TING-FANG CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20120132083
    Abstract: Provided is an improved bidirectional heating cooker having a cooking pan including a first pan portion whose one portion is cut out open in order to form an incision portion and a second pan portion that is placed at the incision portion of the first pan portion, in a manner that the cooking pan is not formed into a fitting method being fitted with a central supporting pillar through a center hole formed at the center of the cooking pan but formed into a seating method being seated on the upper portion of a lower heating unit, to thereby enable the cooking pan to be easily attached on or detached from the lower heating unit to thus be easily washed, and to thereby allow various types of cooking pans to be easily combined to thus enhance conveniences of use and to be easily replaced with new ones and to be easily combined with other types of cooking pans to thus enable the various types of cooking pans to be used in combination and to accordingly cook different kinds of foods simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jin Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20120132084
    Abstract: The invention is in particular directed to a processing chamber (1) of a household cooking oven. For dehumidification of ambient air, a sorption cartridge (2) is provided which is arranged inside the processing chamber (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Fabienne Reinhard-Herrscher, Kersten Kaiser, Karl Leidig, Florian Ruther
  • Patent number: 8166870
    Abstract: Apparatus (20) for cooking food by contact comprising a continuous cooking surface (26) heated on its underside by one or more gas burners (33) which are housed in one or more combustion chambers (25) and which are supplied with fuel gas by a portable tank (B). The continuous cooking surface (26), the combustion chambers (25), the burners (33) and the valvular means (34) constitute a cooking unit (21) that is removably mounted on a supporting cart (22) suited to house said portable tank (B) and to allow the use of the apparatus (20) either in an indoor or in an outdoor environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Smartech Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Badin
  • Publication number: 20120048122
    Abstract: This invention relates to an interactive device (100) to interactively communicate with a remote device (107). A receiver (101) receives event related information from a remote device which supplies the event related information which includes event progress information. A display (102) displays an image of the current status of the event based on the received event related information. A progress indicator (103) indicates the progress of the event based on received progress information. A sensor (104) receives a modification command from a user indicating a modification of the progress of the event, and a transmitter (105) for transmits the modification command to the remote device. The remote device then adjusts the progress of the event in accordance to the received modification command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Pavankumar M. Dadlani Mahtani, Alexander Sinitsyn
  • Patent number: 8109204
    Abstract: A steam cooker includes a steam generator for generating steam, a steam temperature-raising device for raising a temperature of steam coming from the steam generator, and a heating chamber in which an object to be cooked is heated by steam supplied from the steam temperature-raising device. The steam generator has a pot (41) to which water is supplied, a heater (42) placed in the pot (41), a water level sensor (43) and a temperature sensor (48) placed in the pot (41). The water level sensor (43) and the temperature sensor (48) are placed at opposed side surfaces in the pot (41) that correspond to the short sides of an elongated roughly rectangular planar shape of the pot (41). An exposed state of the heater (42) from the water in the pot (41) is judged by the water level sensor (43) and the temperature sensor (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fuminori Kaneko, Yoshikazu Yamamoto, Masato Nakatani
  • Publication number: 20120006207
    Abstract: A cooking device includes a dew receiving container (30) which is removably attached to a main body casing (1) on a lower side and a front surface side of the main body casing (1); and a retention member (40) provided in the main body casing (1) on the lower side and the front surface side of the main body casing (1), to hold the dew receiving container (30). The retention member (40) includes a drainage channel which is positioned above a dew receiving recessed portion of the dew receiving container and receives water droplets dropping along the front surface of the main body casing, and a drainage hole through which the water droplets received by the drainage channel is introduced to the dew receiving recessed portion. A downwardly tapered rib (56) is provided in vicinity of an edge of the opening of the drainage hole (53) of the retention member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Hideo Shimoda
  • Patent number: 8091471
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relates to automated production processes and associated systems, including automated bread making processes which enable the continuous production of baked bread. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a system for the continuous production of baked bread that includes an ingredient metering unit, a dough mixing unit coupled to the ingredient metering unit, a dough transport coupled to the dough mixing unit, an endless oven conveyor having a plurality of dough holders spaced apart from each other, and an oven unit coupled to the oven conveyor. The oven conveyor is configured to move the dough holders through the baking portion at a rate so the single batches of dough in the dough holders will be sequentially baked to form the baked products when the dough holder exit the oven unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Herbert A. F. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20120003364
    Abstract: A method for selecting and arranging program representatives and a cooking device therefor including displaying program representatives on a display device, where the programs are for a cooking device, selecting program representatives via an input device, where the display device is connected to the input device and a control or regulating device, and storing the programs on a storage device, where the control or regulating device is connected to the storage device, the cooking device, or provided by the cooking device, and to the display device to display a program representative as a virtual token on a virtual token board on the display device. The method also includes placing the virtual token on an area of the virtual token board through various means, which enables a representation of a cooking process through the virtual token board to determine when and how to cook and item using the cooking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Rational AG
    Inventors: Judith Kling, Michael Greiner, Peter Wiedemann, Andre Juergens-Heinersdorff, Simon Seemueller, Karin Klimm
  • Patent number: 8087350
    Abstract: The invention concerns a prepayment device for dispensing French fries. The pre-cooked and frozen French fries are discharged from storage, and a determined amount is weighed corresponding to one or more portions. The French fries are then received by a receiver which moves between the weighing zone, and the cooking zone, followed by conveyance of the discharged and transported cooked French fries to a container from storage. The device uses a swinging movement of the receiver, enabling the French fries to be mixed and turned ensuring that they are homogeneously cooked. An additional feature of the device is that the cooked French fries are discharged with a tilting movement about an axis towards the transport for the cooked French fries to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Annick Morin
  • Patent number: 8061556
    Abstract: An automated freezer stores food items stacked in a removable cartridge. The food items are dispensed from the automated freezer in response to a request for the food items. The food items are loaded into the cartridge outside of the automated freezer. When the cartridge is inserted into the automated freezer, the upper end of the cartridge is inserted into a buffer, pushing a plurality of arms in the buffer upwardly to allow food items to pass through the buffer. When the cartridge is removed from the freezer for reloading of food items, a resilient member biases the arms downwardly to retain any food items in the buffer and to prevent any food items in the buffer from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Ronald J. Glavan, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Patent number: 8047128
    Abstract: A vacuum cooking apparatus for household use, comprising, on a supporting structure which has a column-like extension, at least one unit for packaging in pouches in vacuum food products to be cooked, at least one unit for cooking the food products arranged in pouches and at least one unit for quick refrigeration of the food products arranged in pouches and cooked, the at least one unit for packaging food products in pouches in vacuum comprising a vacuum packaging machine which is mounted on a drawer-like element which is supported so that it can slide by the supporting structure in order to pass from a retracted position, in which the vacuum packaging machine is arranged within the outer peripheral contour of the supporting structure, to an extracted position, in which the vacuum packaging machine is positioned at least partially outside the supporting structure, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Marziano Salvaro
  • Publication number: 20110247504
    Abstract: A device for cooking an edible item includes a sidewall having an upper end and a lower end, the sidewall defining an interior chamber and the lower end of the sidewall defining a lower opening; a perforated bottom wall coupled to the lower end of the sidewall, the bottom wall moveable between: a closed position in which the perforated bottom wall is configured to block the lower opening to maintain an item within the interior chamber; and an open position in which the bottom wall is configured to permit dispensing of the item from the interior chamber; and a control operative to cause the bottom wall to move from the closed position to the open position; where the device is a cooking device and the item is an edible item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Giovanni Zangrande, Elizabeth Jheeta, Lea Ashfield
  • Patent number: 8028617
    Abstract: An easily-cleaning multifunctional soybean milk maker comprises a motor, a blade, a head unit, and a container, wherein a lower cover of the head unit being capped on the container, characterized in that a flow guider is securely fastened to the lower cover of the head unit, with the lower part of the flow guider immersed into water and the lower port of the flow guider being open. The blade fastened at the front end of the motor shaft is arranged within the flow guider and extends into water. Guiding holes are provided in the flow guider, and/or guiding channels in communication with the interior of the flow guider are provided on the lower cover of the head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Shandong Joyoung Household Electrical Appliances Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xu'ning Wang, Jun Wang, Yunjie Wei
  • Publication number: 20110236549
    Abstract: A portable cooking device suitable for baking foods such as pizza. The device can include a base with a cover, a fan mounted circulate air within the device, and a thermoelectric device for powering the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Bedard
  • Patent number: 8020546
    Abstract: An outdoor grill of a teppanyaki style provides a grilling surface fueled with a propane/butane canister and burner arrangement. The grilling surface is surrounded by cool zones, one of which is in the form of easily removable tiles or plates. The pedestal and top are uniquely configured to provide multiple sitting areas with knee areas in between the pedestal and top periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Metal Fusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara Bourgeois, Michael Bourgeois, Norman Bourgeois
  • Publication number: 20110209626
    Abstract: A cooking device includes a user interface having an outer surface. The user interface is connected to an outer enclosure. A duct is connected to the user interface. A door is connected to the outer enclosure. A cooling device is in thermal communication with a member selected from the group consisting of the outer surface and the door. The cooling device is connected to the user interface or the door by the duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew Underwood, Martin Behle
  • Patent number: 7992490
    Abstract: A by-pass control system for a meat injection system has a variable speed pump that transports fluid to a meat injection machine. Excess fluid is transported to a by-pass control valve. The valve has a moveable piston disposed therein that separates the valve into a fluid chamber and an air chamber. The piston moves back and forth based on the relationship between fluid pressure and air pressure. Sensors are disposed within or through the lid or the valve to sense the position of the piston. A controller is connected to the sensors and the variable speed pump and adjusts the speed of the pump based on the position of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Stork Townsend Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Pfeffer, Michael S. Simpson, Craig A. Smiens
  • Publication number: 20110171357
    Abstract: A system and method for conditioning food product is disclosed. The method comprises providing a grill treatment to the food product; packaging the food product; and heating the packaged food product (e.g., partially or fully cooking the food product in its package). The system comprises an apparatus configured to apply a grill treatment to a food product that is being packaged and fully cooked in its package. The system may also comprise a co-extruder configured to extrude the a material layer and a collagen gel layer about the exterior surface of the base layer that is then at least partially coagulated before receiving the grill treatments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas B. Burroughs, Jeffrey L. Bloomer, Greg J. Sykes