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Meet Chippy! Chipotle is testing a ROBOT CHEF to make its famous tortilla chips

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It's the go-to fast food restaurant for Mexican fans, and now Chipotle has announced its latest employee โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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.

Chipotle is testing a new tortilla chip robot (no, really!)


We love our robots, and the quirkier the better. Doesn't get much more smile-inducing than a new model from food service robotics pioneer Miso Robotics, which is designed to cook and freshly season tortilla chips to order. Miso is a growing tech company to watch, an early leader in the push to automate fast food, at least when it comes to the actual cooking part. Miso's burger and chicken wing preparing robots (Flippy is the best known) tend a griddle just like a human chef, making them easy to integrate into existing kitchens, and have scored big votes of confidence from national chains like White Castle and Buffalo Wild Wings. Chipotle is the latest brand to dip a toe in automation.

Your Chipotle Chips May Soon Be Made By A Robot Named 'Chippy'

International Business Times

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.

Chipotle's experimental tortilla robots know to add a little variety


Kitchen robots are making more than just sliders and pizzas. Chipotle is testing Chippy, a version of Miso Robotics' arm-based automaton (already in use at White Castle) customized to make tortilla chips. The bot not only knows how to replicate Chipotle's recipe, but is smart enough to add "subtle variations" to keep things interesting -- you might get a little more lime or salt. The test is currently limited a Chipotle "innovation hub" in Irvine, California. However, the Mexican-themed restaurant chain also plans to use Chippy in a southern California restaurant later this year.

Robot chef is trained to taste food at different chewing stages

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robot chef has been trained to'taste' food at different stages of the chewing process โ€“ just like humans do. The machine, created at the University of Cambridge, consists of a probe that can detect salt levels in food attached to the end of a robotic arm. Experts used the robot to taste scrambled eggs during different stages of mastication, including a runny liquid as it would appear just prior to swallowing. According to the scientists, robotic chefs that'taste test' dishes instead of humans could be a fixture of busy restaurant kitchens of the future. A robot'chef' has been trained to taste food at different stages of the chewing process to assess whether it's sufficiently seasoned. The perception of taste is a complex process in humans that has evolved over millions of years.