Robot chefs are now more than science fiction in Naperville. Nala Robotics has created what is said to be the world’s first multi-cooking robotic kitchen, and is open for business in Mall of India food court, at 776 South Route 59.
Robot Restaurant Experience
“It’s completely automated, so there’s no chef involved,” said Nala Robotics Co-Founder Ajay Sunkara. “The robot will actually make the food, so it’s touchless and always consistent.”
Employees greet customers and take orders, which are sent directly to the artificial intelligence-powered robot chef. Then retrieve recipes from millions of databases, extract ingredients from high-tech kitchens, and cook. When finished, employees prepare and serve the food.
Robot chefs can create any number of dishes, as adding them is as easy as entering a new recipe into a database.
For now, the robot is cooking meals for two restaurants: One Mean Chicken for wings and fried chicken, and Surya Tiffins, which serves South Indian breakfast food. A third restaurant, Thai76, will open next week to serve Thai cuisine.
Also coming soon is Nala Marketplace, a virtual open platform restaurant concept where anyone can upload recipes and create their own virtual menu.
“Someone who is a really good chef or has a passion for the culinary industry, they don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to build their own restaurant,” says Sunkara. “They can use Nala’s technology, Nala’s infrastructure, to build virtual restaurants and start serving the community.”
Looking at the future
Sunkara said this technology overcomes pandemic era problems such as labor shortages and cuts labor costs by around 60 to 70%. It also has a sanitary benefit, with less human contact with food before it hits the table. And with the power of AI, it will be interesting to see how far this technology can go.
“In the future, they can make their own menu, actually,” said Sunkara. “Artificial intelligence will truly power menu creation that we humans never thought possible.”
Interesting new concept for future restaurant.
Casey Flanagan of Naperville News 17 reports.
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