Remember the news of five new licensing deals we shared last week from our search for BBQ Innovations? We’re excited to finally introduce you to the (6!) lucky inventors behind those five ideas. Get to know a little about each one below, then join us in congratulating them by leaving a comment!
Matt Caughey: A graphic, industrial, and exhibit designer by trade, Matt currently runs a home business while also serving as a stay-at-home dad to his 14-month-old son. Matt’s idea came to him while grilling a batch of steak and veggie kabobs. Frustrated with the mess that grilling skewers can sometimes cause, and having learned of Edison Nation through Everyday Edisons, Matt came up with the perfect solution and submitted it to the BBQ innovation search.
Fun Fact: Matt and his wife have a baby girl due in November!
Mogie Pillay: A Native of South Africa and a current resident of New Zealand, Mogie tapped into his love of outdoor BBQs in both cultures (they’re called Braais in South Africa), plus a little Food Network inspiration to come up with his innovation. Seeing that the foods people choose to grill are becoming more and more diverse, Mogie came up with an idea to accommodate the growing foods that are becoming a part of the family BBQ.
Fun Fact: Mogie has a dog named Bear Grylls.
Randy Stein: A freelance product developer in Brooklyn, NY, Randy has been inventing since he was 9-years-old. Randy’s BBQ idea came to him in a pretty unexpected way. While researching a recipe, Randy came across a famous chef who had developed his own BBQ ingredient. Randy decided to try and create his own, and stumbled upon a whole new idea.
Fun Fact: Within the last 8 months, Randy learned design programs Sketchup, Rhino and VRay, quit his day job and took the plunge to become a full-time freelance product designer/developer.
Scott Anderson: Living in Alexandria, VA, Scott is a Finance Officer (Major) and has spent 23 years in the Air Force. He currently serves at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, Scott has also owned restaurants, taught culinary arts on the high school level and even hosted his own cooking show on the local CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, WY. Only actively inventing for a few months, Scott’s BBQ idea is one he’d been thinking about for a while. Scott always used a makeshift solution to achieve specific flavors when grilling, but after upgrading his grill, his old solution would no longer work. Scott came up with an idea to help him achieve his desired results, but in a new and improved way.
Fun Fact: Scott has competed for castings on Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef, and was bio’d by Al Roker Productions for the series Recipe for Success. He wasn’t selected for any of them, due to lack of drama in his life, he jokes. He’s willing to share videos upon request!
Keith Snow & Daniel Tuma: Keith and Daniel partnered up to create their BBQ innovation. Keith retired from the City of Long Beach (CA) Gas and Oil Department after 30 years of service in 2009. Having worked as a seafood chef earlier in life, his grilling idea stayed with him over the years. Keith teamed up with his friend Daniel, an electrical and mechanical engineer and together they created a prototype. Keith had learned of Edison Nation through seeing Everyday Edisons on TV and has been submitting this product idea to relevant searches ever since. His persistence has paid off!
Fun Facts: Keith is a Master Falconer, licensed by the State and Federal Government. He’s been hunting with hawks and falcons for over 20 years. Daniel has always had a knack for seeing something in his mind and bringing it into reality!
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