Is your robotic assistant going to help you reduce your food waste, or will it just replace many of your manual workers in your pizza shops and coffee shops in your area? Indeed, I hope you will please consider this and think about it. Reducing food waste in our country is a huge issue that needs to be addressed. Still, the current administration may not have the foresight to do so in this economic climate and is therefore implementing some pretty Draconian policies such as the CCAH funds.
Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that other technologies out there can reduce food waste in the food industry.
Robots in Kitchens? Is that an advancement worth exploring? It seems to be an idea whose time has come and gone. The reason is easy. We have plenty of waste in our country, and it costs us too much to manufacture new equipment to clean it up. If we use existing equipment to clear the clutter, what happens to the people who make the food, make the pizza, and deliver the products to the customer sitting at their kitchen tables?
The short answer is robots in Kitchens will do the work instead of people. That’s right; we will send robots into small kitchens and factories to clear up all the food waste and leftovers from making pizza crust, making frozen dinner salads, and making bulk fruit desserts. The robotic expert from the warehouse in Covid-19 will do all the dirty work instead of the cafeteria servers or waiters in restaurants. The robots will scoop, pack, and cart everything out of the kitchens and factories to make pizza crust, frozen dinners, fruit desserts, and bulk soups. Sounds like a dream job or a dream vacation instead of a reality for the cafeteria servers in restaurants across the nation.
Yes, that sounds like a dream job or vacation instead of a reality for the cafeteria servers in restaurants across the nation. Instead of dealing with angry, disgruntled, overweight people who throw everything they own into the garbage can, the robot cleaner will pick everything up. It will clean behind the soda machines, the freezers, and under the counter soda machines. It will also clean out the grease traps in the refrigerators and the shelves where the food is placed. This will leave a nice clean floor in front of the machines where the food is placed for talking to the customer.
Then there are the food processing industry and the foodservice industry. Do they need robots to process all of the food they serve? Some think so. Since more food is being processed every year than ever before in history, it makes sense to have a robot doing the food preparation and cleanup. The food processors are less costly and less messy than a human being, meaning more money in the employee’s pockets and less time at the kitchen table having to wash plates, stir pots, and silverware.
Many large food businesses have been forced to downsize in recent years due to their operations’ increased complexity and the additional expenses in maintaining a larger workforce. However, by using this smaller robot, these food businesses can save money, as they no longer need to pay full-time wages and benefits to full-time employees. This means that the smaller restaurant owner can increase profits and operate more efficiently, increasing sales and reducing waste.
The manufacturers of these robots in Kitchens? Claim that they do not affect the quality of the food prepared by humans, but many consumers have to put up with robots in Kitchens to pre-cook the food for them. This reduces the amount of time spent cooking by a third and allows for more people in the kitchen at any one time. Some restaurants even have robot coupe cooks that can be left to cook while customers pay for their meals. This saves the busy chef from having to stop and go to the canteen for additional help.
If you could buy robots who said they understood human language, could they serve customers better, making the restaurant experience more fun and efficient? Could they do their jobs better without a human telling them what to do? Well, one robot has been sued because it asked a customer if he wanted soup and then took the order when the person entered the kitchen. Now this robot may pass off as a friendly, if not intelligent, a character on television, but it certainly did not impress the legal department when it was brought to court. Is such a robot even worth the price of admission to your restaurant?
Would it be easier to cook meals, clean up after restaurants, and clean the restaurant bathrooms with a robotic assistant? What about cleaning the kitchens after a party or an event? There are so many things that robots could do in kitchens, yet most restaurants are still operating manual machines. They are very good at the menial tasks of running the restaurant but are unable to do anything creative or original.
If robots in Kitchens could do a wide variety of mundane chores and still stay out of trouble, then they could replace all the waiters, the bell boys, and even the food runners. Would this cost too much? The robots themselves might cost too much since the parts and labor to make one run could easily run into thousands of dollars. It would make far more sense to have cheaper robots in Kitchens since some robotic engineers have come up with perfect ideas.
Consider if you will have a robot chef cook your meals, making them quicker and healthier for you. Would you not like to have fresh vegetables instead of frozen ones, and organic meat and dairy products instead of full-fat conventional foods? There are robots in Kitchens that can cook these types of meals, making them far healthier for you. Are you beginning to see the possible benefits of having robots in Kitchens? Perhaps we should call this a revolution and not a re-branding of the human invention.