London-based company Moley Robotics aims to start selling robotic kitchen technology this year – and Meat Livestock Australia (MLA) is taking this claim seriously.
Apparently, Moley’s robotic chefs will be able to download a recipe and then “reproduce it exactly as a MasterChef would have cooked it”. The Moley prototype has two robotic hands that descend from the ceiling and can chop, blend and stir up a feast at the same speed as a human chef. This is all thanks to its sophisticated motion capture system, which records every movement the master chef makes.
MLA has been in talks with the inventors to get a better understanding of how red meat might feature in the robo-chef’s repertoire. According to Sean Starling, MLA’s General Manager of Research, Development and Innovation, “We’ve been working with them to understand if meat is on their agenda, and if it’s something they want to cook and demonstrate this technology on… We’re in negotiations with the developer to understand if the system going to be able to cook the perfect steak for consumers.” Starling also mentioned that robotic chefs could mean big business for red-meat producers, “These robotic chefs will encourage people to keep red meat in their offering at home, because not everyone is successful at cooking red meat and quite often won’t come back if they haven’t had a good experience… And for those consumers who have got this at home, they may be willing to pay a premium for meat if we can guarantee they would have a perfect eating experience.”
Mr Starling said he was not expecting the technology to be available in Australia for at least two years, and they are expected to cost at least $18,000… so don’t start getting lazy in the kitchen just yet!
You can see an artistic rendering of the chef in action below:
The information in this post is adapted from ABC.