In this restaurant by MIT engineers, robots prepare food
MIT graduates Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Luke Schlueter, and Kale Rogers have opened a new fast food restaurant in downtown Boston called Spyce, where all the meals are prepared by robot chefs in the kitchen. Spyce claims to be the first restaurant with a robotic kitchen that deals in complex meals. Here is more about this unique culinary experience.
Robotic kitchen uses 80% less water than average commercial dishwasher
The restaurant features a robotic assembly line of seven cooking woks in the kitchen that can prepare one meal in three minutes or less. The menu offers half a dozen food bowls of Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes accommodating grain bowls, curries, salads, stir-frys, and pasta and noodle bowls. The prices start at $7.50 a bowl and customers can opt for add-ons for an additional cost.
Robots can make meals consistently and accurately
"While we expected many people to come to the restaurant at first because of the novelty of the robot, the real benefit of our robotic kitchen comes from the quality of meals we are able to serve," co-founder and lead electrical engineer Brady Knight said.
When culinary experience meets technology
Customers place their orders on a touchscreen kiosk which is then sent to the kitchen. They can see their food being prepared by the robots as the kitchen is visible from the sitting area. The restaurant also employs humans for customer service and to add garnishes and toppings to the dishes just before they are served.
Lack of a human chef? Not a problem
Spyce has programmed its robots to execute recipes created by celebrated chef Sam Benson of the famous Café Boulud. The restaurant also has Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud on its advisory board.