Gourmia kitchen robot assists chefs with hands-free cooking
Whether it's dinner for two or an entire family, preparing multiple dishes can challenge chefs when it comes to space, available stove burners, and time/temperature maintenance. And with only one pair of hands, the cook has to be vigilant so that food doesn't overcook or scorch. The latest appliance from Gourmia is designed to fill the role of kitchen assistant. This 10-in-1 Multi-Function Robotic Cooker offers a selection of cooking styles and controls to help make meal preparation easier.
Not all stoves are created equally, so there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to dialing in desired cooking temperatures. Gourmia's latest robotic cooker is designed to take that guesswork out of cooking, with its control panel and one-touch settings. Whether users choose manual or pre-programmed options, the panel displays both time and temperature information.
What makes this device versatile as a kitchen gadget is the removable hands-free stirrer and hinged, clear plastic lid. With the self-operated stirring system engaged, cooks are free to attend to other tasks as the robotic cooker stirs soups or mixes stir-fry vegetables. Keeping the lid closed helps to retain heat, thus allowing food to cook faster and more evenly (and to keep water, oil, and/or food particles from launching out and coating counters). The robotic cooker can also roast, steam, slow-cook, or bake, all the while allowing users to peer in at the progress.
The stirring system can be removed, to open up pan space for larger food that may need occasional flipping instead of stirring. A base-mounted heating coil is designed to generate temperatures capable of creating a seasoned sear. And once a cut of meat has been cooked and set aside to rest, the pan can be deglazed and stirrer reattached to automate the creation of a flavorful pan sauce. When all is done, the lid, stirrer, and pan remove for easy cleaning.
The Gourmia 10-in-1 Multi-Function Robotic Cooker is currently being showcased at CES 2016. It retails for US$300 and is available now for purchase.