Top Ten Gadgets at the 2012 NRA Show

National Restaurant Association Show hits McCormick Place.

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Chris Shields
Chris Shields
The 2012 National Restaurant Association show just wrapped up four days at Chicago's McCormick Place. More than 1,800 exhibitors and tens of thousands of restaurant professionals attended the show, designed to help find ways to increase business profitability. Top-notch chefs such as the James Beard Award-winning Todd English (pictured) attended the show, adding a bit of celebrity to the proceedings. Here's some of the cool gadgets that caught our eye.
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The Zip Zester is an electronic zester that simplifies the process and saves you valuable time in the kitchen.
"When I worked at a kitchen I couldn't believe that there wasn't an easier way to zest without cramping your hands and cutting your knuckles." - creator Benjamin Willis (pictured).
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The Coca-Cola "Freestyle" interactive electronic soda dispensing unit is coming to a movie theater, mall, or cafeterias near you.
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Forget Mario Batali's Crocs, Shoes For Crews are slip-resistant shoes with air piston technology in the outsole for reducing heel-to-toe impact.
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The DigiTap liquor portion control and wireless management device is perfect for bars worried about losing money from heavy-handed bartenders.
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Global Dispense electronic wine dispenser is a unique system that will only dispense wine after inserting a special smart card. This system is great for controlling access to who drinks and serves your wine.
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TPI Corporation's portable air conditioning unit with adjustable arms allows chefs to point their AC in any desired direction to cool off instead of standing by a fixed AC to get away from the heat.
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Even chefs like to look good. J.W.E. custom kitchen wear provides stylish clothing for cooks and catering crews.
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Challenge your local hot shot barista with one of Nuova Simonelli's espresso machines. It's the official sponsor of the 2012 World Barista Championship.
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Host the coolest kids party or impress your friends at your next pub crawl with glow straws and spoons from Go-2 Products.
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Remember your old lemonade stand as a kid? Upgrade with the Zumex Mobile Juice Bar. Zumex's professional orange and lemon juicers can juice up to 22 items per minute.
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