Zephyr Announces 2010 “Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest” Winners and Kicks off 2011 Contest

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Zephyr, the innovators of design-forward ventilation hoods, recently announced the winners of its 2010 “Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest.” The competition brought together culinary aficionados, and awarded homeowners and professional designers with prizes for incorporating a Zephyr range hood in to their kitchen. After an initial open entry period, Zephyr’s world-renowned judging panel announced the winners on October 14, 2010.

“The 2010 ‘Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest’ exemplifies Zephyr’s core values of discovery, design, and the ultimate in culinary experiences,” noted Arcadio Lainez, Director of Marketing at Zephyr.

Zephyr, the innovators of design-forward ventilation hoods, recently announced the winners of its 2010 “Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest.” The competition brought together culinary aficionados, and awarded homeowners and professional designers with prizes for incorporating a Zephyr range hood in to their kitchen. After an initial open entry period, Zephyr’s world-renowned judging panel announced the winners on October 14, 2010.

First, contestants submitted digital photos and a brief narrative describing their kitchen’s design. After thousands of users elected their top five kitchens, Zephyr’s expert panel of distinguished judges – including artist Fu-Tung Cheng, industrial designer Robert Brunner, and celebrity chef Tom Hurley – evaluated the contestants based on a rigorous criteria. Points were awarded based on materials, aesthetics, utility and the X-Factor – the kitchen one would most enjoy entertaining guests in.
Preston and Katie Roper of Los Altos Hills, California, won the homeowner Dream Dinner grand prize. The prize included a hands-on cooking class and a dinner prepared by celebrity chef Tom Hurley the night before the Dream Dinner event. Gathering under their Zephyr Trapeze range hood, the Ropers and 16 of their closest friends enjoyed a 5-course gourmet dinner tailored to their tastes by Hurley and his award-winning team; the dinner was elegantly paired with premier and rare wines and champagnes from around the world.

Additionally, three kitchen designers won cash prizes, with Dana Jones from Long Beach, California taking home the grand prize of $10,000 for excellent kitchen design using a Zephyr range hood.

“The 2010 ‘Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest’ exemplifies Zephyr’s core values of discovery, design, and the ultimate in culinary experiences,” noted Arcadio Lainez, Director of Marketing at Zephyr. “This contest brought together homeowners, kitchen designers and culinary professionals, and fostered a once in a lifetime experience for all of those involved. We look forward to launching the 2011 contest next month."

Zephyr recently announced the 2011 “Inspire My Kitchen Design Contest” dates: submissions will be accepted in March 2011, with winners being announced on October 14, 2011. To learn more, visit http://www.inspiremykitchen.com/winners.

About Zephyr®
Since 1997, San Francisco-based Zephyr® has challenged the perception of what ventilation means in kitchen design — cultivating the range hood’s symbiotic relationship with the kitchen, home and homeowner. Far more than an appliance company, Zephyr is an innovator — tapping acclaimed talent such as artistic visionary, Fu-Tung Cheng, and industrial designer, Robert Brunner — to create design-centric, residential range hoods. From inspiration to production, Zephyr brings to market the most innovative products, conceptualized by a stable of design talent that no other company can claim. Zephyr not only reinvents, but more importantly re-imagines the range hood’s central purpose within the kitchen ecosystem, pushing technological boundaries to create exceptional value for their customers. As a direct result, Zephyr is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Consumer Report Buy rating, Consumer Digest Best Buy rating, Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN and ADEX. To learn more, visit http://www.zephyronline.com. For additional information contact DRS and Associates at 818.981.8210 or http://www.drsandassociates.com.

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