New Inductee Named to National Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame

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Surjit Kalsi, who introduced the concept of commercial ranges for residential use, is credited with changing the face of the appliance industry

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced Surjit Kalsi as its 2011 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. Kalsi is the 82nd person ever to receive the honor. Induction is bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry.

In 1985 Kalsi joined U.S. Range Company, a commercial-appliance manufacturing company in Gardena, Calif., as vice president of engineering/ research and development. In this capacity, he began his first project toward developing a commercial-quality range suitable for residential application. The concept was based on an idea by Fred Carl of Mississippi, who had approached almost all of the commercial-appliance manufacturers in the USA to develop such a range. Everyone had laughed at him for his impossible idea. In 1986, Kalsi took Carl’s concept and developed it into the Viking range, the very first commercial quality range certified for residential use. Thus a new breed of ranges emerged.

Kalsi also developed the world’s first all-stainless steel outdoor barbecue line that grew into a new multi-million-dollar barbecue market. His many contributions include invention of the world’s first dual-flow gas burner, a Pyrolytic self-cleaning gas oven, the low-input natural gas pilot, the retention-flame burner, and the universal gas burner. He is considered one of the foremost experts in cooking range design and manufacturing according to David Alderman, president of the NKBA, who credits Kalsi with “changing the face of the appliance industry.”

“Surjit Kalsi’s advancements in appliance technology and design have paved the way for today’s generation of popular applications of commercial-grade ranges in residential kitchens,” Alderman said. “His products have elevated home cooking to a new level.”

Kalsi founded Dynamic Cooking Systems in 1988 with a mere $50,000 of his own personal savings and no bank credit line. In just twelve years, DCS sales exceeded $100 million. DCS private labeled for such industry leaders as GE; Jenn-Air; Thermador; William Sonoma and Costco. Kalsi sold DCS in 2000.

In 2005, Kalsi was invited by the board members of Capital Cooking Equipment to join Capital as their chairman/shareholder and president. (The company had been founded by former DCS employees and Kalsi’s son Rich Kalsi.) Surjit Kalsi accepted the position. Kalsi’s Ex DCS Partner Roberto Bernal was also invited by Capital to join and head Manufacturing as he did at DCS. Kalsi immediately started to develop the projects started by his son and Capital Engineering Team and introduced the unique Capital products such as Sealed Burner Precision Series Ranges and Range tops; Precision series outdoor barbecues; Wok Ranges; Open-Burner Culinarian Series Ranges ; Range tops and a Unique Wall Oven with “Moist Roast/Bake System (patent applied). Culinarian Series ranges have already taken the market by storm.

Inductees into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame are selected by a standing program committee from nominations since the Hall of Fame's establishment in 1989. Including the 2011 inductee, the NKBA has selected 82 individuals, who receive national recognition. This year's inductee will be honored on April 26 at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2011 in Las Vegas.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association is a 45-year-old nonprofit trade association with 40,000 members. It seeks to promote professionalism, excellence and ethical business practices and to provide leadership for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. Each year it hosts the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

For more information, visit the NKBA Press Room at or call 1-800-843-6522. To schedule an interview with Surjit Kalsi, contact James Aitchison at james(at)impresse(dot)us.


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