Williams Sonoma has been granted a patent for a roasting rack and carving board system. The system includes a roasting rack with spaced support members and a carving board with grooves that receive the support members. The method involves positioning the food item on the rack, cooking it, transferring it to the cutting board, and inserting the support members into the grooves for easy carving. GlobalData’s report on Williams Sonoma gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A roasting rack and carving board system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Williams Sonoma Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11730318B2) describes a method for preparing a food item using a specific cooking device and a cutting board. The method involves several steps to ensure efficient cooking and carving of the food item.

The method begins by positioning the food item on a rack that includes spaced support members. This rack is then placed in or on a cooking device for the cooking process. Once the food item is cooked, the rack with the food item is removed from the cooking device using handles positioned on the rack.

Next, the rack with the food item is transferred to a cutting board that features grooves. The spaced support members of the rack are inserted into these grooves, causing them to be recessed with respect to the cutting surface of the cutting board. This allows the food item to rest on the cutting surface of the cutting board. The handles of the rack are then pivoted into corresponding grooves in the cutting board.

In addition to these steps, the method can also include the step of carving the food item. This allows for easy and precise carving of the cooked food item.

Furthermore, the method can involve positioning the rack within a roasting pan during or prior to the cooking process. This additional step provides further support and stability to the food item while it is being cooked.

The patent specifically mentions that the food item in question is meat, and more specifically, poultry. This indicates that the method is particularly suitable for cooking and carving poultry.

Overall, this patented method provides a systematic approach to preparing a food item, particularly meat or poultry, using a specific cooking device, a rack, and a cutting board with grooves. The method ensures efficient cooking, easy transfer of the food item, and precise carving.

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