Imperforate Sheet Or Griddle Type Patents (Class 99/422)
  • Patent number: 9314122
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bowl for mixing food. At least one group of at least three knobs (12; 12?; 12?) is attached to the outside of the base (10) of said bowl. All the knobs of a group protrude outwards to a common plane so that the bowl can be placed onto an even surface (70) in an orientation that is inclined with respect to the direction of gravity in such a manner that said bowl lies on the even surface (70) with all the knobs (12; 12?; 12?) of said group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: PI-DESIGN AG
    Inventor: Jorgen Bodum
  • Patent number: 9061793
    Abstract: A cover for a food holder includes a body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the body having at least one aperture provided therein, the at least one aperture providing communication between the inner surface and the outer surface; and a serving implement having a first portion extending through the aperture along one of the inner and outer surfaces, and a second portion extending along the other of the inner and outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: BRADSHAW INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Barber
  • Publication number: 20150096447
    Abstract: Disclosed is a direct fire grill pan including a grill pan with a heat inflow port formed therein, and a lid having an upwardly convex groove portion formed on a ceiling thereof and an exhaust port formed on a side wall thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: HappyCall Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun sam Lee
  • Patent number: 8955426
    Abstract: An efficient reversible grilling device is used for grilling, broiling, frying, baking, boiling and steaming. It is a single element made of rigid heat conductive material with one side being flat and the other side having a plurality of nesting recesses for spherical and ovate food products. The maximum height of the reversible cooking device is ? inch. Each of the plurality of nesting recesses has a depth greater than 50% of the height of the grilling device. A plurality of orifices cut through the element in the areas of the nesting recesses and in the areas away from the nesting recesses. Either surface can be used to prepare foods while providing fat and grease drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Glynntech, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 8899145
    Abstract: A tool for removing an interchangeable cooking insert from a grill has a handle end and an engagement end. A handle extends from the handle end toward the engagement end. A support arm extends from the handle toward the engagement end. The support arm has a first lateral edge defining a first lifting hook and a second lateral edge defining a second lifting hook. The first lifting hook and second lifting hook are configured to engage a portion of the cooking insert. A support pin extends across the support arm between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge. A latch member is pivotally coupled to one of the support arm and the handle. The latch member includes a first end selectively engageable with a portion of the cooking insert and a second end extending through the handle for actuation of the latching member by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Techtronic Power Tools Technology Limited
    Inventors: Ryan T. Harrison, Thomas Parel, Robert Warren, Kenneth M. Brazell, Zachary Scott, Scott Kippes, Mark Huggins, Taku Ohi, Jason Porter Whitmire, Adam Clark, Robert McCracken, Christopher Clearman
  • Patent number: 8899146
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking ground beef hamburgers by reflecting and trapping thermal energy and simultaneous accelerated bun cooking. The apparatus comprised of a plate that is hinged to the sidewall of the griddle for the simultaneous cooking of both sides of ground beef and buns on both sides. Once meat is placed in a first cooking area, the plates on the hinge are rotated down and come to rest on the meat, applying slight pressure to the meat. Plates are attached to the side wall and to the rear wall. Modified plates are used to facilitate the rotation of a large wire frame that contains a metal chain mail fabric into a second cooking area. When buns are placed in the second cooking area, the chain mail frame is brought down onto the outer sides of the buns, putting weight on the buns and accelerating their cooking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: EBIP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Hans Karl Hess
  • Publication number: 20140326145
    Abstract: A tabletop cooking assembly for preparing foods thereon comprises a cooking element having a cooking area and a vent disposed peripherally to one side of the cooking element defining an aperture for receiving smoke from the cooking element. The assembly includes a first exhaust duct, a filter assembly, an electrostatic precipitator, and a high velocity blower. The first exhaust duct is substantially unobstructed and in fluid communication with the vent for directing smoke away from the cooking element. The high velocity blower is in fluid communication with the first exhaust duct and the filter assembly for drawing smoke from the cooking element through the vent. The heating system includes a retaining plate, a plurality of heating strips, and an insulating material. The heating strips are disposed between the retaining plate and the heating surface to heat the cooking area for preparing foods thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: William B. McEvoy
  • Publication number: 20140311358
    Abstract: Provided is a food cooking surface for a cookware item or an electrical household cooking appliance, consisting of a deposit of nitride of metal elements on a substrate, the metal elements of the deposit comprising one or more X transition metal(s) and aluminium. The production of the deposit comprises a nitridation step in arder to obtain a coating of type (X,Al)N. According to the invention, the (X,Al)N-type coating is a coating of nitride(s) of the one or more X transition metal(s), enriched with aluminium, in which niobium and/or zirconium is/are make up the most part of the X transition metal(s), the atomic ratio of aluminium in the metal elements of the deposit being at least equal to 20%. Also provided are cookware items and electrical household appliances intended for the cooking of food, comprising the above-mentioned type of cooking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Philippe Pigeat, Jean-Francois Pierson, Alexandre Mege-Revil, Frederic Tessier, Simon Allemand, Stephane Tuffe
  • Patent number: 8863653
    Abstract: A cooking utensil includes a base (3) doubled underneath via an insert (1a) made from a hard material with openings (7) crossing the insert for the fixing thereof to the base. At least some of the openings are in the form of elongated slots (31a) individually defining over the length thereof, a global arched form with opposing end portions either leading to the centre of the insert or to the external periphery (10a) of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jocelyn Bonnel, Pascal Cuillery
  • Publication number: 20140305319
    Abstract: An electric cooking appliance comprises a base frame having a front and rear and left and right sides connecting the front and rear. A generally planar, electrically heated cooking surface is supported by the base frame and has a front and rear edge and a pair of sides connecting the front and rear edges. A splash guard is removably or secured to and extends upwardly from the rear edge and a portion of each of the sides of the cooking surface. A recess or groove is formed in the cooking surface to collect excess cooking oil; and an oil reservoir is carried by the base frame and in fluid communication with the recess in the cooking surface to collect cooking oil from the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Nomura USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jinzhao Feng
  • Publication number: 20140261008
    Abstract: An outdoor cooker having a heavy metal, circular housing with an open top and a closed bottom. A grill sleeve and grill pivot tube are attached to the housing and to a circular grill. The grill pivot tube is used to pivot the grill above the open top of the housing and receiving and cooking food items on the grill. The cooker also including a skillet sleeve and skillet pivot tube attached to the housing and a circular skillet. The skillet pivot tube is used to pivot the skillet above the open top of the housing for cooking food items. The cooker also includes leg tubes attached to the outside of the housing for receiving two or more removable vertical legs. The legs are used to support the housing on a ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles J. Howard, JR., George Austin Kremer
  • Publication number: 20140261012
    Abstract: In another aspect, a cooking grill includes a housing and a lid defining an enclosed cooking chamber when the lid is closed; a heating element located in the housing; and a rack movable between a first location extending over the heating element and a second location not over the heating element. The cooking grill further includes a plurality of grilling modules that are individually removable from, and supported on, the rack. Each grilling module defines a cooking surface having passageways therein for directly exposing food to rising heat from the heating element when the rack is in the first position. The passageways preferably are in the form of slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Perez, Jr., Louis J. Foreman, Todd Stancombe, Ryan Shane Gorman, Daniel Lee Bizzell
  • Patent number: 8826809
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes: an input part for inputting manipulations for cooking; a cooking grill formed with a controller for outputting a control signal according to the input from the input part and a grill section for contacting food; and a panel heater in the shape of a panel formed in the cooking grill to be controlled by the controller for supplying heat to the grill section, wherein the heat of the panel heater is transmitted concentratedly to the grill section of the cooking grill and the grill section is heated concentratedly so as to cook the food, thereby minimizing the loss of heat and making grill marks appear more clearly on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Young Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8820222
    Abstract: Described herein is a cooking assembly, generally comprising two major components, these components being a cooking pan and an insert 24 having a perforated portion which would retain the desired food component within the pan, and allow the fluid component to be removed through the perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Magellan Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Andre Dean Cloutier, Debra Lynne Sasken-Duff
  • Patent number: 8794131
    Abstract: A grill with improved-configuration grease collecting box comprising feet, a pan mounted on the feet and a heating device on the backside of the pan, the feet form an opening to contain the grease collecting box, both sides of the opening have supports, the opening mounted a grease collecting box inside, and the grease collecting box mounted on the supports, said pan has grease outlet orifices on the top of grease collecting box. The grease collecting box of the present invention located below the pan, it does not occupy the additional space and uneasy to be turn overed by incaution, which add the security; Mounting the grease collecting box on the feet does not need any additional fitting device, and the simple configuration is advantageous to be carried; The grease collecting box being hidden in the feet make the appearance of the grill to be more aesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (China) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qisheng Lai, Youming Yang
  • Patent number: 8763520
    Abstract: A vessel incorporating an improved article support surface for supporting an article, such as a food product, during processing (e.g., baking, thawing, freezing), has a surface for supporting a food product or another article and a pattern is formed or otherwise incorporated in the article supporting surface. The pattern incorporated into the support surface is comprised of a set of points (pyramids) creating a high point and a low valley underneath the supported article or food product in which air circulates or flows during processing. In a preferred embodiment various shapes and sizes of baking sheets incorporating a “pyramid pattern” is stamped onto a metal sheet and the stamped metal sheet is then formed into the desired shape. The sheets are constructed of various metal alloys used in the food equipment industry including, but not limited to aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, and silicone. The sheets will also be coated with a non stick substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Jason Sanita
  • Patent number: 8757140
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial grill to increase safety, efficiency, and organization. The apparatus includes a barrier extending upwardly from the cooking surface, and extending along the backsplash of the grill, the barrier having an accessory staging feature along a topmost portion, the topmost portion being at least eight inches above the cooking surface. The accessory staging feature can support one or more accessories. The invention may thereby increase usable grill surface area. The apparatus can also include an attachment assembly for attaching the barrier to a standard backsplash, or the barrier can be an integral extension of the backsplash. The invention substantially reduces the likelihood of ventilation/exhaust well fires. The invention makes cleaning the factory backsplash much easier, because the backsplash is substantially protected from splatter by the invention. The invention substantially protects the stainless steel or tile kitchen back wall from splatter, smoke, grease, and soot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Triandafilos Hatjopoulos, George Hatjopoulos
  • Publication number: 20140165851
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a portable cooking apparatus are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment, a portable cooking system is provided comprising a cooking plate having a continuous cooking surface, a heating element assembly disposed beneath the cooking surface, a temperature controller for varying the temperature of the cooking surface, and a base that supports the cooking plate on an underlying surface. The base comprises an integrally formed drip pan located beneath the cooking surface, the integrally formed drip pan comprising a recessed portion formed in a top surface of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: EVO, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Shingler
  • Patent number: 8730038
    Abstract: A grill controller device, which remotely controls any type or grill or oven, comprises a circuit board, a plurality of connector, a power supply system, a control panel, a plurality of temperature control units, a plurality of temperature probes, and a speaker. The grill controller device is wirelessly connected with a graphic user interface so an user can wirelessly operate the grill controller device through the graphic user interface. The grill controller device externally attaches to existing grills and ovens. The plurality of temperature control units adjusts a grill temperature and a plurality of meat temperatures according to the user. A plurality of alerts is controlled by control software and the plurality of alerts comprises different functionality relative to different components. The user is able to control total functionality of the existing grills and ovens through the grill controller device while saving time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Michael Durian, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael B. Durian
  • Publication number: 20140130788
    Abstract: An apparatus usable in a kettle- or kamado-style grill instead of a conventional cooking grate. The apparatus includes a cooking surface support configured for support in a base of the grill in lieu of the conventional grate, and a complementary cooking surface supportable on the cooking surface support. The cooking surface support defines open fuel ports providing access to the fuel chamber. The apparatus may include a secondary fuel basket positionable within an open fuel port. An alternative apparatus comprises a unitary body adapted to be supported in the bottom portion of the cooking grill. The unitary body comprises a structural support portion configured to abut a bottom portion of the grill, and a cooking support portion spanning more than 50% of the area of the unitary body. The unitary body defines at least one open fuel port permit admission of additional fuel to the bottom of the grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140123972
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and methods that aid in providing high efficiency stoves for developing and underdeveloped regions. In some embodiments, the stoves are plancha-style stoves comprise cast iron planchas that are more durable and efficient that existing stoves. The plancha-style stoves, described herein may comprise a combustion chamber comprising an inlet, a stack chamber comprising an inlet and an outlet; a gas path chamber, comprising a ceiling and a floor, wherein the ceiling is defined by a removable plancha cooking surface having a substantially planar upper surface and a lower surface; a chimney box; and a chimney. In many embodiments, the stack chamber defines a cross-sectional area that is larger than the cross-sectional area of the inlet to the combustion chamber to prevent smoke from escaping the combustion chamber through the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: ENVIROFIT INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventors: Jason A. Prapas, Jesse Walker, Nathan Lorenz, Sean Babbs, Timothy Bauer
  • Publication number: 20140116415
    Abstract: A teppanyaki style gas flame heated griddle table having a heat deflector disposed beneath the griddle plate for directing heat radiating from underneath the griddle plate upward and through an exhaust channel between a counter and a top side of the griddle plate for directing the heated air back across the grilling surface on a top side of the griddle plate and away from persons seated around the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Andreas Birke
  • Patent number: 8701551
    Abstract: An antilip system for a food patty forming apparatus of the type having a reciprocating mold plate with at least one cavity. The system uses an adjustable escape passage to relieve pressure within a mold plate cavity. The system comprises a breather plate with antilip holes, a passage plate with antilip holes, and an adjusting bar movable between a full open position, a full closed position, and a plurality of intermediate positions. The passage plate also has a passage recycle channel for returning relieved materials to a hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Edward Doner, Ronald F. LaBruno, Joseph Allen Ebert
  • Publication number: 20140096761
    Abstract: A home appliance having a griddle cover includes an appliance body; a cooktop on the appliance body and having a griddle; a griddle cover for removable disposition on the griddle for protecting the griddle from contaminants, the griddle cover including a cover body having a plurality of support elements on the cover body; and a mounting arrangement for removably mounting the griddle cover to the griddle including a plurality of feet mounted to the support elements for supporting the griddle cover on the griddle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Brantley, Andrew Timothy Edwards, Jeremy Nash
  • Publication number: 20140083409
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking grate for improving cooking performance on an outdoor cooking grill. The cooking grate has a metallic plate, configured to be placed over a heat source in the outdoor cooking grill, where the metallic plate has a plurality of perforation holes. The cooking grate further includes a plurality of cooking surface ribs, configured to support food during cooking and positioned above the metallic plate. Also provided are methods of providing an improved cooking grate for an outdoor cooking grill including the steps of: perforating a metallic plate, configured to be positioned above a heat source on the outdoor cooking grill; forming a plurality of cooking surface ribs, configured to receive food to be cooked thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: 1 W.C. Bradley Company
    Inventor: Robert Johnston
  • Patent number: 8673449
    Abstract: A cooking release material includes a layer comprising fluoropolymer. The cooking release material has a major surface having nucleation structures in a density of at least 10 per square inch. The cooking release material can include a reinforcement material, the layer coated over the reinforcement material. The cooking release material can include a second layer forming the major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Graham A. Woerner, Timothy P. Pollock, Ephraim Lin, John Russo, Anne Hardy, Gerard Buss
  • Publication number: 20140050834
    Abstract: A countertop griddle and related methods of cooking food with a countertop griddle including a warming tray. The warming tray can be rotatably attached to the countertop griddle such that the warming tray can be rotatably pivoted from a covering disposition to an intermediary disposition to an open disposition. When in the covering disposition, the warming tray can serve to protect a user from exposure to grease spatter and to receive heat conducted from a cooking surface. During cooking, the warming tray can be rotated to the intermediary disposition such that the user can manipulated the food item being prepared. Finally, the warming tray can be rotated to an open disposition defining a serving tray for receiving a cooked food item. The warming tray can be detached from the countertop griddle when the warming tray is positioned in any of the covering, intermediate or open dispositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Michael R. Berge, Russell W. Hall
  • Patent number: 8631738
    Abstract: A griddle for cooking a food product includes an upper surface, a lower surface, a first side, a second side, a front side and a rear side. A serpentine passageway is formed on the lower surface. A collector tank is juxtaposed and secured directly in touching contact with the lower surface adjacent to the first side of the griddle and is in communication with the serpentine passageway. A boiler is juxtaposed and secured directly in touching contact with the lower surface adjacent to the second side of the griddle and is in communication with the serpentine passageway. Heat applied directly to at least one of the collector tank and the boiler for heating a fluid disposed therein and supplying the heated fluid to the serpentine passageway for providing heat for cooking a food product disposed on the upper surface of the griddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: American Griddle Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent P. Tippmann, Joseph Tippmann
  • Publication number: 20140007780
    Abstract: A waffle iron plate for forming a waffle having multiple scores, the plate comprising a base having a front surface and at least two spaced-apart ribs extending from the front surface of the base and configured to form the scores, whereby the waffle may be folded along the scores so as to have a bottom portion and two side portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Brian J. Fast, Ryan Adams
  • Patent number: 8613250
    Abstract: An angled frying pan stand that includes a truncated cylindrical tilt stand rotatably disposed upon a generally circular base, the tilt stand having a bottom side and an upper surface, the upper surface disposed at an acute angle relative the bottom side, each of a pair of side supports retractably extendable upon an extendible track portion disposed on a sidewall, with a first holding edge and a second holding edge configured to support an extant frying pan at an angle upon the top surface, the angled frying pan stand including a strainer piece removably attachable over the rim of a frying pan to partition a segment of the frying pan wherein grease may collect under the influence of gravity separated from any foodstuffs in the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Brian A. Pruitt, Maleeia T. Pruitt
  • Patent number: 8584580
    Abstract: A system of modular, interlocking, raised-rail grate panels and a complementarily-shaped basin for supporting and peripherally-containing the base of the grate panels while continuing to allow the passage of gasses lengthwise between the raised rails and the passage of gases and liquids through the base of the grate panels, such that delivery of searing and reflective heat to a cooking food is facilitated, wherein the grate panels and basin are coated with an abrasion-resistant, high-temperature, easy-to-clean, non-stick coating for ease of use, and wherein accessory features such as integrated, stylized food branding irons and raised-rail adaptive cooking tools are optionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Brad Barrett
  • Publication number: 20130292371
    Abstract: A home appliance having a griddle includes an appliance body; a cooktop on the appliance body and defining a griddle space; a griddle housing in the body adjacent the griddle space and operatively associated with the griddle; a griddle insulation retainer for removable disposition within the griddle space for supporting insulation material intermediate the griddle and the griddle insulation retainer, the griddle insulation retainer including a base and a wall; and a mounting arrangement for mounting the griddle insulation retainer to the range body including a first mating component on the griddle insulation retainer and a second mating component on the griddle housing, wherein the first mating component is removably joined to the second mating component in a press-fit manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ben Braden, Charlie Hanna, Timothy Russell
  • Patent number: 8555777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method for cooking food on a grill having opposed upper and lower platens wherein a gap spacing between the platens is adjusted in an initial stage and in subsequent stages of the cooking time for the meat. The method includes causing the food to be located between two opposed platens, the opposed platens each having opposed cooking surfaces and the opposed cooking surfaces defining a gap spacing that is adjustable, and adjusting the gap spacing between the platens so that during an initial stage of the cooking the gap spacing is equal to or less than the nominal initial uncooked thickness of the food, and during one or more subsequent stages of the cooking, after the initial stage, the gap spacing between the platens is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Paul G. Simmons, Jerry Sus
  • Patent number: 8474370
    Abstract: A method for controlling a clam grill that has first and second platens. The second platen is moved toward the first platen. A signal is provided in response to a detection of an impediment to the motion of the second platen. The motion of the second platen is stopped in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, Douglas S. Jones, Jan Claesson, Ryan J. Stephens, David W. Harter
  • Patent number: 8474372
    Abstract: An egg pan has individual egg bowls and a water reservoir having channels surrounding the egg bowls. Water is introduced into the water reservoir during the final stage of cooking eggs. A user would cook eggs inside the egg bowls to desired consistency and then pour a small amount of water into the water reservoir and close a snugly-fitting lid, thus generating steam. Exposure to steam at the final stage of cooking causes improvement in shape and appearance of the cooked eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Edwin J. Stacey
  • Publication number: 20130152802
    Abstract: A grill has an upper and a lower grill unit and a lift lever. The lower of the lift lever is pivot jointed to the lower grill unit. The upper grill unit is pivot jointed to the lift lever. An elastic limit mechanism which has a torsional spring, a fixation piece and a limit rib, is disposed between the lift lever and the upper grill unit. The fixation piece is fixed to the upper grill unit, the limit rib is fixed to the lift lever, the fixation piece is coupled to the limit rib; the two ends of the torsional spring are separately connected to the upper grill unit and the lift lever, the torque of the torsional spring works on the fixation piece and the limit rib to make the two contact and limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: TSANN KUEN (ZHANGZHOU) ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130146044
    Abstract: A multi-part cooking grate with a lower sub-grate with a first plurality of V-shaped cooking members running along a length of the lower sub-grate and having a first predetermined spacing between the first plurality cooking members along a width of the lower sub-grate, and an upper sub-grate with a second plurality of V-shaped cooking members running along a length of the lower sub-grate and having a second predetermined spacing between the second plurality of cooking members along a width of the upper sub-grate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: W.C. BRADLEY CO.
    Inventor: W.C. BRADLEY CO.
  • Publication number: 20130112089
    Abstract: An apparatus for caramelizing a cut surface of a split bread product is provided. The apparatus comprises a substantially flat heatable surface and at least one pedestal magnetically coupled to and in heat transfer communication with the flat surface, and extending upwardly therefrom. The pedestal defines an upper contact surface for receiving and supporting the split bread product. The contact surface is formed to substantially conform to the contour of the cut surface of the split bread product, to apply heat directly to the cut surface to caramelize the inner surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: STEARNS DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Raio, Juan M. Martinez, Harry Springer, III, Michael Cole
  • Patent number: 8424450
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus equipped with a heating device enabling uniform distribution of heat. The cooking apparatus includes a plate to put a cooker thereon, a heater disposed under the plate, and a guide member disposed between the plate and the heater to induce energy emitted from the heater toward the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Suk Jeon, Jong Hak Hyun, Jong Chull Shon, Tae Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 8372459
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooking food, such as meat, protein, vegetable, or soup is disclosed. In one embodiment, the food items are supplied in a flexible polymer package that can withstand the temperature needed to cook the item. The cooking apparatus has two cooking surfaces in the form of heated platens, which may be arranged in a vertical orientation. These platens come together to simultaneously contact both sides of the food item. The cooking apparatus further includes a controller, configured to prepare the food using various control system algorithms. The apparatus cooks the food item from both sides to affect rapid and even cooking. It uses a combination of temperature, time, food thickness, platen force and a cooking code that is unique for each food type. The control system algorithm uses some or all of these parameters to determine precisely when the food item is cooked correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Vincent A. Piucci, Charles R. Sperry, Dennis F. McNamara, Stephen D. Smith, Suzanne M. Scott
  • Patent number: 8365655
    Abstract: A barbecue stove includes a body, a cover, a storage device, two primary feet and two secondary feet. The cover is pivotally connected to the body. The storage device is attached to the body. The primary feet are attached to the body. The secondary feet are attached to the storage device. The barbecue stove lies on the primary feet in use and stands on the secondary feet in storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Arlo Lin
    Inventor: Jan-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 8359970
    Abstract: A dual-sided cooking device is provided that determines whether the upper and lower cooking platens are substantially parallel to each other when in a cooking position. In addition, the method and device in accordance with the invention are capable of identifying a type of food item placed on a lower cooking platen of a two-sided cooking grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Ron Dorsten, Mike Zagorski
  • Publication number: 20120318256
    Abstract: A removable large and high capacity griddle for a stovetop for use in conjunction with one or more high BTU output burners. The griddle includes a number of features that allow for the large capacity griddle to be used on a gas range with high capacity burners including a flange extending from a bottom surface of the griddle for locating the griddle on an associated range, and for deflecting and/or otherwise channeling heat from one or more associated burners to regions of the griddle and deflecting heat from adjacent range structures, such as a rear control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: John Mark Chilton, Gonzalo Ocano, Michael Chezem, Cecil Clements, James Tomaszewski, Kyle Bradd, Wen Tao Zhuo
  • Patent number: 8322273
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food-cooking surface for a kitchen utensil or cooker, characterized in that the cooking surface is a coating containing at least 30% niobium. Advantageously, the coating contains zirconium or titanium, with a content of less than 70%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Coudurier, Stéphane Tuffe
  • Patent number: 8261732
    Abstract: The invention is a cooking grill comprising a housing defining a cooking chamber and having a door therein hinged at a bottom thereof, a heating element disposed in the cooking chamber, a cooking surface slidably disposed to slide in and out of the housing through the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Season 4, LLC
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120225178
    Abstract: A barbecue pan having a body portion. The body portion is characterized as having side walls and a substantially planar mesh base extending therefrom. A receiving element extends from the body portion and a handle is provided which is removably appended to the receiving element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Jason Degnan
  • Publication number: 20120160109
    Abstract: A cooker and a method of manufacturing the cooker are provided. The cooker includes a heating part contacting heat, and a temperature control layer on a first surface of the heating part, wherein the temperature control layer includes expandable graphite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Young Shin KO
  • Publication number: 20120118172
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes: an input part for inputting manipulations for cooking; a cooking grill formed with a controller for outputting a control signal according to the input from the input part and a grill section for contacting food; and a panel heater in the shape of a panel formed in the cooking grill to be controlled by the controller for supplying heat to the grill section, wherein the heat of the panel heater is transmitted concentratedly to the grill section of the cooking grill and the grill section is heated concentratedly so as to cook the food, thereby minimizing the loss of heat and making grill marks appear more clearly on the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Young Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8176842
    Abstract: The baking pan which may have various forms has a substantially metal base and a substantially metal side wall connected by a flexible loop. The base comprises first and second metal segments that are connected by a flexible strap-like band. One edge of the band is connected to an edge of the first metal segment and a second edge of the band is connected to an edge of the second metal segment. Both ends of the strap-like band are connected to the first edge of the loop. The band can flex along its length to allow the metal segments to move with respect to each other to aid in the detachment of baked food from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Lico (HK) Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventor: Mario John Chaves Baker
  • Patent number: 8171844
    Abstract: A griddle for a cooking appliance is disclosed. The griddle includes a main body having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a recessed area formed on the second surface, the recessed area having a center, a periphery, and a thickness which diminishes from the periphery toward the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Northcut, Michael Thomas Chezem, David Joseph Najewicz, Daniel Joseph Trice, Guy Henry Turner