If you hate cooking, but don’t want to keep throwing money at your local restaurants either, this robotic chef could be the answer to your problem. Launched to help a friend who has found himself confined to a wheelchair and struggles to keep up with daily activities, a startup is trying to make cooking healthy and delicious meals as easy as bursting into a tray of ingredients and your pans favorite.
From tragedy to inspiration
Michael Lemberg, a graduate of NYU business school, jumped to his friend’s aid when the young man suffered an accident that left him confined to a wheelchair. So did many others, and for several years they managed to make the gentleman live well. But they soon recognized that they needed to help him maintain a sense of independence, especially when it came to meals.
While they could have completely refurbished his kitchen to make it more accessible to him from the wheelchair, the band of brothers and sisters also saw a missed opportunity for the others. Realizing that not everyone likes the long process of preparing and cooking a good meal, they asked how the task could be done using a robotic chef.
From those thoughts, they came up with iWondercook, a robotic chef in a box that appeared at CES 2021.
The Robitc Chef: a better way to cook
The way iWondercook works is simple. Purchase the meal kit, which the company packs so it can stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to ten days. Meal kits are made using only the freshest ingredients, never pre-cooked, frozen or loaded with artificial preservatives.
When you put the meal kit in iWondercook, the device scans it and makes sure it hasn’t expired. All you need to do is add water, cooking oil and spices as directed. Your robotic chef does the rest, using steam, induction and convection heating. No microwave meals here, folks.
In no more than 15 minutes, your meal is ready to eat. IWondercook also includes a timer function, so you can charge it and it will automatically start cooking just in time for your dinner ready when you get home.
When it’s time to clean up, put the pot and your dishes in the dishwasher.
Smart cooking even without a kitchen
No cooking? No problem. The iWondercook robotic chef only needs a power outlet and Wi-Fi and measures just 14 inches wide by 15 inches deep. The gadget is only 17 inches tall, so it should easily fit on a breakout room countertop under lockers.
From your iPhone, you can order your meal kits for up to six pounds of food, enough to feed up to seven people. A professional model is also on the way that can cook up to 10 pounds of food at the same time.
Finished meals, according to Lemberg, taste no different from homemade meals or dishes served in premium restaurants.
A true vision of the future of the kitchen
The bad news is that iWondercook isn’t in production yet. However, Lemberg has been busy during fully digital CES 2021 showing the latest prototype and trying to get investors interested in helping to get things moving.
The team must raise a minimum of $ 1.5 million to make iWondercook a reality for consumers. The team expects prices to be comparable with most major kitchen appliances and may even have an option for people to get their robotic chef for free if they agree to purchase a certain number of meal kits each month.
Lemberg compares iWondercook to the reality of most printer manufacturers. When HP or Epson sell you a printer, they aren’t making much money from that purchase. The real profit comes from the ink or toner cartridges. With iWondercook, the profit will be from meal kits, which should still cost less than a similar meal, will cost in a restaurant, and about how much you would pay for the groceries.
Not only that, you don’t have to go shopping. Everything is delivered directly to your home. The iWondercook may be the coolest thing to show up at CES this year and I can’t wait to see one sitting on my counter.