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Sub-Zero Freezer Company and Wolf Appliance Company Announce Winners of Kitchen Design Contest

Madison, WI (April 2, 2004) - Sub-Zero Freezer Company, the leading manufacturer of residential refrigeration, and Wolf Appliance Company, a leading manufacturer of professional cooking instruments, recently awarded the national winners of the company's prestigious Kitchen Design Contest at a special ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The three national winners were awarded in the category of "best kitchen utilizing a full-size Sub-Zero and Wolf cooking instrument(s)" and were hand-picked from a group of 47 regional winners. These winners were selected from a pool of 932 total entries.

Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio in Atlanta, Ga., took first place, and he was awarded a $20,000 grand prize.

"I feel as if I just won an Oscar!" said Quinn, a former three-time regional winner. "This contest is so much bigger than appliances-it's a true testament to the industry."

Peter Tow, AIA, of Tow Studios Architecture in New York, N.Y., took second place and was awarded a $10,000 prize. Tow was tasked with remodeling a large, older kitchen and maid's quarters of a 5th Avenue apartment. The judges commented on the sophistication of Tow's details and finishes.

"My goal was to create an integrated and finished look with the rest of the apartment," said Tow, a previous two-time regional winner. "Sub-Zero and Wolf products are top of the line and the highest quality, so there wasn't even a question of whether or not I would use them."

Jean Stoffer of Jean Stoffer Design, Ltd. in River Forest, Ill., received $5,000 for her third-place prize.

"I was honored to be able to view the work of such gifted designers," said Stoffer, previously a one-time regional winner. "To see their work is amazing and humbling, and I never imagined my kitchen would be selected from this collection. I'm still in shock over my win!"

Additional Category Winners
Special award prizes were also distributed in several categories. Robert Schwartz from New York, N.Y., received the award for "best use of wine storage outside the kitchen," Paul Dybdahl from Middleton, Wisc., received the "best use of Sub-Zero and/or Wolf outside the kitchen" and Julie DeVita from New York, N.Y., won the "best dealer showroom using Sub-Zero and Wolf." Enzo Ghirardelli from Bergano, Italy, received the first-ever "international category for best use of Sub-Zero and/or Wolf." The winners were each awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

All regional and special category winners won an expense-paid trip for two to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch March 18-22 and a $500 cash prize. In addition, each will be featured in Sub-Zero/Wolf's fourth volume of Great American Kitchens, to be published in 2005. The regional winners of the 2002/2003 Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest are featured on our awards page.

Since its inception in 1993, the Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest has become the coveted win in the professional home design category. The Kitchen Design Contest is held every two years and recognizes kitchen designers, architects, interior designers and builders for advancing outstanding kitchen design. The 2002/2003 Kitchen Design Contest marks the sixth contest.

The more than 900 entries were received from professional kitchen designers across the country and were carefully reviewed by a panel of independent judges in the industry. Entries were judged on good use of space, innovative and brilliant kitchen design and on their use of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in a well-designed and beautiful home. This year's judges included Jamie Drake, ASID, Drake Design Associates, New York, N.Y.; Mick De Giulio, de Giulio kitchen design, inc., Chicago, Ill.; Gail Olsen, Ducci Kitchens, Inc., Torrington, Conn.; Kimball Derrick, K.D. and Steele Cabinetry, Cincinnati, Ohio; Claudia Skylar, Mastro & Skylar Architects, Chicago, Ill.; and MaryJo Camp, McPhails Appliance, San Jose, Calif.

"We try to honor design professionals who have helped make Sub-Zero and Wolf the definitive components of the uncompromised kitchen," said Jim Bakke, president and chief executive officer for Sub-Zero and Wolf. "It was a great contest, and our judges had a difficult time in the selection of these beautiful design-winning entries."

View our gallery of Kitchen Design Contest winners.
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