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August 5, 2022

Is it time to automate cooking at home?

Over the latter part of the previous decade, kitchen automation has taken off in restaurants. Food consumption behaviors have also changed dramatically due to the coming of food delivery applications and cloud kitchens. People coming to dine at restaurants crave for good tasting food at the shortest possible time. This has prompted restaurant owners to hire only specialized staff to supervise the food made by the famed cooking robots and focus more on improving customer experience. Even though robots have helped new-age restaurants amplify their production capabilities, it must be emphasized that for the most part, the contents of the recipes have not changed. The foods made by these joints are still overfilled with saturated fats, hormones and other health deteriorating compounds. The food delivery model too, has incentivized people at large to opt for conveniently sourced meals at the cost of health. 

Convenience of a service or a product trumps every other feature it has to offer, in today’s fast-paced world. But surely, there must be a way for consumers to be directly exposed to a smart cooking appliance that lets them decide what they want to eat and how they want it to cook the food. So far, the potential of the kitchen robots have been unlocked by the restaurant industry for its own motivations. But imagine, if you had a robot chef at home? 

What does it mean to automate your cooking process at home?

In our dictionary, automating your cooking does not mean that we equip you with multiple ‘smart’ appliances with numerous modes of operations. For someone who does not know the difference between ‘sauteing’ and ‘roasting’, cooking appliances that offer way too many cooking options, can ultimately alienate you. Even for seasoned cooks, it’s tiresome to monitor the cooking constantly, having to intervene in between steps. Therefore, to fairly justify the claim of an automated cooking experience, your interaction with the cooking appliance should be minimal. You may choose to sign up for pre-done ingredient packages or get your hands on a unit that automates the entire cooking process, barring the ingredient preparation. Whatever you may choose, ultimately it should make the end goal of eating, easier to arrive at.  At the end of the day, automating your kitchen should only mean that it drastically reduces your time spent in the kitchen. A cooking robot must be efficient enough to cook the items it is instructed to cook, seamlessly, without requiring any other involvement of its user; unless it is the user who decides to restart, stop or alter the process.

Would automating home-cooking deter you from eating out or ordering in? 

Most certainly it would. The only reason working millennials opt for readymade food deliveries or takeaways is because they are too exhausted to go home and cook meals. Healthy eating is not easy. Nutritious meals are not easy to put together every day either. It is now easier than ever to get addicted to an unhealthy diet due to the abundance of fast food chains and food delivery apps on our phones. It contributes to America’s high obesity rate of 36.2 percent. Most fast-food restaurants have used automation to make fast foods quicker than ever to serve, but never healthier. But if there was an option to cook nourishing, delectable and customizable recipes at the tap of a button from the comfort of your home, undoubtedly there would be a collective shift in our food habits. 

How are restaurant cooking-robots different from private cooking-robots?

Customizability as a feature is what separates restaurant robots from private robot-chefs. If you choose to employ a private robot chef in your kitchen, you can use its expertise to follow through on your diet plan or taste foods from around the world and build on your food repertoire. It is ultimately you who gets to personalize the cooking robot’s tasks to meet whatever food goals you have marked for yourself.

This is our vision at Nymble. To put your home-cooking assignment on auto-pilot, but never completely out of the scope of intervention. 

Read More: Why we built Nymble?

Why automate home-cooking?

Automating your home-cooking setup has many advantages. It aims to eliminate all your struggles in the kitchen, but tries to do so tactfully, as it guides you to eat better, eat a variety of foods and simultaneously improve your food knowledge as you keep interacting with the robot chef.

Convenience 

You spent an entire Sunday looking up the recipe for Teriyaki Chicken and congratulations, you made yourselves a scrumptious plate of Japanese chicken goodness, in three whole hours. However, on any weekday after a hard day’s work, when you and your family crave the same Teriyaki Chicken, all of a sudden it seems like an Herculean task. Convenience, as we have established earlier, is the biggest benefit of automating your cooking process. A kitchen robot that will make whatever you wish to eat on demand, and all you have to do is load the necessary ingredients at the right time, is surely worth considering. Oh, almost forgot to mention - Nymble’s cooking robot can make a mean Teriyaki Chicken (and much more) on any given day of the week.

“All I want to do is eat”

This is what people had to say when we talked to potential users before we even started building our chef-bot. This response gave us some understanding as to why more people are opting to order in today, especially young professionals. It’s because most of them are too discouraged by the elaborate cooking processes or even completely uninitiated. They rely on food delivery apps because they want to consume their daily necessary portion of meals, even if some of it is unhealthy. A cooking robot at home is the fastest solution to eating timely and healthily. It readies your meals quicker than it would take food from a restaurant to reach you. And most importantly, it will make food that is appetizing but never at the cost of your health.

Consistency and Customizability

By now, you are aware that a robot cook can make a variety of foods at a record-breaking time with only minimal or necessary interventions. And you may agree that this might have the potential to change how families eat at home. But there still remains a burning question at the back of your head - can a cooking robot make food the way I do? And the answer is a resounding yes (well, we can only speak for our robot). Nymble’s cooking robot is designed in an extensive way to make cooking for you simpler. Consistency is a recurring problem when it comes to manual cooking. An intelligent robot chef like ours can gauge your tastes through your interactions with the device and makes sure the food served each time match your expectations. Another incontestable reason to bring the kitchen robot home, is your ability to actively make changes to the recipes based on your taste preferences or dietary needs. 

Choose to automate your cooking for safety reasons

An automated kitchen is also undoubtedly a safer kitchen than a manual one. Over 118000 kitchen fires in the US have been reported as per recent statistics. The main reason for these dangerous kitchen incidents is leaving cooking food under the stove unattended. This essentially drives our point home. Humans do a lot of different activities throughout the day. By the time they have to cook, they might be too fatigued or distracted. A drowsy cook and a gas-powered kitchen-setup is a recipe for disaster. A cooking robot is built to be hazard proof and efficient around the clock. By replacing a gas-powered kitchen with an AI and IOT driven smart cooking setup, you are insuring your and your families’ lives.

A worthwhile investment

As per this article by the NYPost, an average American today, may order up to $70000 or more on takeaways and food deliveries in their lifetime. That’s simply absurd. A kitchen robot is a worthwhile one-time investment to sort out your cooking worries. It not only saves your money spent on food deliveries but also is a cost-effective and more trustworthy option than hiring a cook at home. 

Ultimately, it functions as a chef that lives inside your kitchen

A cooking robot is one that:

Cooks food as per your taste,

Cooks food on demand,

Cooks food as per your diet,

And, cooks food independently.

A truly automated kitchen must have a highly intelligent cooking robot at its helm. Such a chef-bot would be inspired from a human chef and have the same expertise a professional chef would. We envision such robots to function as user specific private chefs. Just like a professional chef, the private chef i.e. the cooking robot makes food to your liking and adapts to changes as prompted. Except, a personal chef would only be available for a few hours a day and will be prone to fatigue. But, a private chef-bot is designed to cook dynamically and faultlessly around the clock. 

Coming soon to a kitchen near you

The time to automate home-cooking is now. We are very excited to tell you that reservations for Nymble’s cooking robot are now open. Go to our early access page to learn how you can #BringHomethePrivateChef today and trailblaze the kitchen revolution with us. 

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