Chef-quality food without the chef?
You may already be introducing new tech tools in your kitchen that can increase its connectivity – such as temperature sensors that can alert a manager to a malfunctioning cooler or systems that can process multiple order streams and churn out directions to help kitchen staff prepare orders at the appropriate time. Going forward, this kind of connectivity with external hardware systems may even help restaurants bring the dishes of top chefs into their businesses without the trained staff generally required to prepare them. One new company called CloudChef aims to be “Spotify for food” with the help of a cloud software platform that uses sensors and cameras to capture and share the process of a chef working through a recipe. All cooking decisions are done by the software, while human staff are still needed to portion and plate food, as well as to move it around the kitchen during preparation. The company’s only U.S.-based, company-owned kitchen so far is in Palo Alto, Calif. (meals are available through third-party services like DoorDash), but it offers a window into how restaurants and labor needs may evolve in coming years.
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