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Viking Range
www.vikingrange.com / HQ: Greenwood, Miss. / Specialty: Luxury kitchen equipment / Kevin
Brown, president: "I always believe in reducing the variation and controlling the nominal."

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Setting Standards

Viking Range has been delivering professional
performance for 35 years. by tim o'connor

president kevin brown
says viking range uses new
technology only when it
engages the customer.

Kitchen equipment manufacturers today are rushing to cram as much
technology as possible into their products. Ovens feature high-resolution
screens and fridges can open despite
not having door handles. Although
those technologies are impressive,
they don't improve the core cooking
experience. Viking Range takes a different approach when deciding what
technology to incorporate into its latest product lines. The company's goal
is to develop features that engage its
users and incorporates proven commercial technologies borrowed from
sister Middleby companies into the
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Viking residential product line. These
features and technologies, once reserved only for professional chefs are
now available for the home chef, only
from Viking.
Examples of these proven commercial restaurant technologies include
restaurant caliber convection systems,
infrared broilers and high-performance tower burners. Other entirely
new technologies include the a French
door double oven, which can open ambidextrously to improve ease of access,
and the Viking TurboChef Oven that
uses impingement air to cook 15 times
faster than any other oven.

Technology is one way Viking's owner, the Middleby Corp., a manufacturer
of commercial cooking and processing
equipment, has supported and revolutionized the 35-year-old brand. Many
of Middleby's advancements for commercial chefs are finding their way into
Viking's 7-series wall ovens and refrigerators such as a no preheat option for
the newest French door oven. Brown
says it's an example of "bookshelf
technology" - proven features that
can be easily adopted into a residential
product. "It brings in technology that
allows us to accentuate that and revolutionize [products]," he adds.


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