Al Contarino

Continuous Convection Outdoor Cooking Grill | Boxford, MA.

Al Contarino credits his inventing nature to his father’s influence, remembering weekends spent building something in the garage or taking apart a motor in the basement. He was always curious about how things worked and appreciated the Industrial Arts, with a passion for drafting, metals and electrical that his school supported with courses tailored for minds like his. Today, as a cast member on Everyday Edisons, Al is able to take his outdoor cooking invention to retailers and manufacturers with the help of seasoned professionals.

A fan of both cooking and grilling, Al was watching a cooking program on television when the spark for a new idea hit. He thought, “There has to be a better way…” and began his due diligence research to see if his invention was viable for a patent, and to bring to market. The process to prototype was long, and Al worked in his home workshop to create a model that achieved what he hoped would solve a common outdoor cooking problem.

Al loves to spend time with his young family; he and his wife have a one-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, along with three dogs and two horses. Al appreciates his wife’s support for his inventing passion, allowing him the opportunity to continue to work on new inventions and ideas. Al’s hope for his product is to one day see it in a big-box retailer and help professional and home chefs create great food.

“I want them to understand that inventing a new product IS doable, but they have to spend the time up front. It makes me sad to see people spend a lot of money on an invention without having a good plan on how to bring it to the market. I made that mistake myself. I spent a lot of time and money on my idea. When I brought it to the grilling industry they were not as excited as I was and basically I was dead in the water. I would still be there if it wasn’t for Everyday Edisons and their belief in my idea. [I would tell people to] do your research and develop a plan before you spend too much money on prototypes, patents, etc.”