The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a $2.5 million prize to a company that made a stainless steel cooking and serving dishwasher tool that works in any home.
The San Francisco company, Makerbot, said it received the $1.3 million grant from the U.K. government.
The dishwasher was named the 2017 Kitchen Tools of the Year award at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday, and the Makerbot will receive an additional $2,000 prize in 2020 for the same award.
The Makerbot dishwasher uses a combination of stainless steel and glass to make a dishwasher that can handle up to 50 pounds of food, said Scott Renshaw, vice president of the company.
The tool is available in both stainless steel or glass, and can handle more than 100 pounds.
Makerbot said the dishwasher has a watertight seal and the dish washer is capable of cleaning dishes at temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s also built to last.
Makerbot has been in business for more than five years and has over 1,100 products.
The company’s website lists over 70 patents on various products, and Renshaw said Makerbot is pursuing more.
“We have a number of patents that are being pursued that we’re going to pursue as we build out our business,” he said.
The award is the latest in a string of culinary innovation awards.
Last year, MakerBot won a $5.5 billion grant from Google to develop a cooking system that would let customers make the perfect pot roast.
MakerBot has been working on its own cooking system for more years than anyone else in the culinary industry.
Renshaw said MakerBot’s technology is not exclusive to the kitchen and that it could eventually be used in other parts of the world.