Chipotle announced on Wednesday that it is testing out an alternative way to make its tortilla chips using an AI-powered robot named "Chippy." The creation of the robot is intended to help businesses run more efficiently and to help employees not have to do mundane tasks. "We are always exploring opportunities to enhance our employee and guest experience," Curt Garner, chief technology officer at Chipotle, said in a statement. "Our goal is to drive efficiencies through collaborative robotics that will enable Chipotle's crew members to focus on other tasks in the restaurant." Chippy is capable of working right beside other employees in the back kitchen.
It's the go-to fast food restaurant for Mexican fans, and now Chipotle has announced its latest employee – a robot chef called Chippy. Chippy will be tasked with making Chipotle's famous tortilla chips, using artificial intelligence to perfect the chain's exact recipe. 'Our goal is to drive efficiencies through collaborative robotics that will enable Chipotle's crew members to focus on other tasks in the restaurant,' said Curt Garner, Chief Technology Officer at Chipotle. Chippy (pictured at the back of this test kitchen) will initially be tested at Chipotle's innovation hub in Irvine, California, before being integrated into a restaurant in Southern California later this year Chippy is trained to replicate Chipotle's exact recipe – using corn masa flour, water and sunflower oil to cook chips to perfection, season with a dusting of salt, and finish with a hint of fresh lime juice. 'It was imperative that the technique remained the same so customers receive delicious, craveable chips every time,' Chipotle said.
A Chipotle Mexican Grill sign is seen in the Park Slope neighborhood on April 29, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A robot will soon be making your tortilla chips at Chipotle. Addressing his company's partnership with Chipotle, Miso Robotics CEO Michael Bell told "Cavuto: Coast to Coast," Friday the tortilla chip-making robot will combat the labor shortage in the U.S. and suggested that "automation is the solution." "The restaurant industry had a labor gap before the pandemic… the pandemic just accelerated this big gap between the number of jobs and the available labor," he remarked. Bell stressed that the labor shortage isn't "going away soon," and mentioned that there is a big demand to automate tasks in restaurants.
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