Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, November 4, 2016.
This Robot Personal Chef Can Prepare Any Meal and Clean Up After Itself
The latest advancement in culinary robotics is the new innovation from Moley Robotics. Dubbed the “world's first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot,” it can cook three-star meals for you and your family, and, most importantly, it cleans up after itself. Moley is currently seeking investors on the British crowdfunding site Seedrs, and has thus far raised more than £835,000 (about $1,022,190). The machine itself contains all of the utensils, tools, and machinery necessary to cook high-quality meals; all you need to do is provide the ingredients. The robotic kitchen can still be used manually when the system is turned off. The price has not yet been determined, but we imagine it will cost a pretty penny.
Restaurant Requires Customers to Solve Math Equation for Wi-Fi Access
A San Antonio Thai restaurant, Yaya, will let you use its Wi-Fi for free, but only if you can solve an impossible math equation. The Reddit community has been in a frenzy trying to decode the mind-stumping equation. “This looks a lot like a summation of a binomial probability density function,” one Reddit user wrote. “I strongly doubt the divider between N/m should even be there.” Reddit user “Joshua_Glock” claims to have revisited the restaurant repeatedly to test out new solutions.
Starbucks’ New Green Cup Imprinted With 100 Faces Causes Uproar
Starbucks has released new green cups imprinted with 100 faces drawn by an artist in a single stroke, and the reaction from fans has ranged from baffled to angry. But never fear, holiday-lovers: these green cups are not the much-anticipated Starbucks holiday cups, which are yet to be released. The iconic red cup is still coming, and a company spokesperson confirmed that the rest of Starbucks’ holiday plans are still under wraps. “The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our county, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO.
Anthony Bourdain to Produce History of Food Waste Film
Anthony Bourdain’s latest project is the production of a documentary called Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which will focus on how food waste is affecting the world. The goal of the film is to shed light on this global issue that causes tons of food to go to waste instead of ending up on the plates of those who are going hungry. “Chefs have been at the cutting edge of efforts to contend responsibly with the problem of food waste, perhaps because they, more than others, are painfully aware of the egregious volume of perfectly usable, nutritious food that could otherwise feed people in need, being thrown out in our restaurants," Bourdain explained in a press release.