According to a study by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, between 400 million and 800 million people could be displaced by automation and need to find new jobs by 2030 around the world. And this process has already begun. For example, 3d printing technologies nowadays allow producing not only small objects but even building structures like houses and bridges. This year, Amazon opened the world’s first checkout-free grocery store in Seattle. Now the automation is reaching cooking – four MIT graduates have opened the world’s first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen.
The restaurant titled Spyce is located in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Its robotic kitchen has seven cooking woks that allow serving up to two hundred meals each hour. The menu, developed by the Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and the Spyce’s executive chef Sam Benson, contains a wide variety of meals – from rice or grain bowls to curries, salads, stir-frys, pasta, and noodle bowls.
Customers place their orders using touch-screen devices. It takes only three minutes or less to complete every meal. After cooking, the machines clean themselves autonomously, consuming only 0.3 gallons (1.15 liters) of water per minute, which is 80% less than the average usage of a commercial dishwasher. The only human in the kitchen is the garde manger whose job is to add toppings on a final stage.
‘At Spyce, we’ve created the world’s first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals,’ said the Spyce’s founders. ‘We created this concept in hopes of solving a problem we found ourselves facing, being priced out of wholesome and delicious food.’
OPENING DATE: spring 2018
LOCATION: 241 Washington Street Boston, MA 02201
NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Crossing
FOUNDERS: Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter & Brady Knight
CULINARY DIRECTOR: Daniel Boulud
EXECUTIVE CHEF: Sam Benson
CUISINE: fast casual
PRICE: all bowls start at $7.50