Peter Cooper Joins Middleby as Vice President of Business Development, Consultant and Design Services

Elgin, IL (July 31, 2013)- The Middleby Corporation announced today the addition of Peter Cooper as Vice President of Business Development Consultant and Design Services. Mr. Cooper acts as a liaison between all of the Middleby brands and the design and consultant community.

“Peter’s experience at Johnson & Wales is an invaluable asset to all of our brands and will greatly benefit our customers as they endeavor to design the most efficient and effective commercial kitchens,” said Selim Bassoul, Chairman and CEO of the Middleby Corporation. “We are very excited to welcome Peter to our team and we know he will provide tremendous scope for this initiative at Middleby.”

Prior to joining Middleby, Mr. Cooper was the Executive Director of Culinary Procurement at Johnson & Wales University since 2007. He was part of the design and execution of the new state of the art culinary school and kitchens for Johnson & Wales University. Mr. Cooper has over 30 years of experience as an executive chef, owner, consultant, and educator. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Connecticut where he studied Business Administration and Management.

About The Middleby Corporation

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used in the commercial, industrial processing and residential markets. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, frifri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch’n®, Middleby Marshall®, Nieco®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef® and Wells®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Baker Thermal Solutions® (formerly known as Turkington), Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment® RapidPak®, Spooner Vicars® and Stewart Systems®. The company’s leading brands serving the residential kitchen market include Jade®, Turbochef®, and Viking®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Small Companies every year since 2005, most recently in October 2012.

For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit www.middleby.com

Contact: Darcy Bretz, Middleby Corporation, 847.429.7756