Red Miso Clam ramen with Wok-charred garlic, onions, bean sprouts and ground pork, nori, scallions and baby clams photographed at Hatoba in Washington, DC on October 31, 2019. (Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post via Getty Images).
Where Is Rapid Ramen Cooker From Shark Tank Today?
By Wendy Gould
Chris Johnson's Rapid Ramen Cooker is a microwave-safe instant ramen product that promises fast and perfectly cooked ramen noodles without having to boil a pot of water. It was featured on Season 5 of "Shark Tank," and even after being deemed a "fool" by Mark Cuban for his optimistic $3 million valuation, Johnson still struck a deal with him, giving Cuban 20% equity and no royalties.
Since the 2013 episode, Johnson's company has become Rapid Brands, and the Rapid Ramen Cooker has inspired a lineup of other rapid cookers. The lineup of microwave cookers based on those first two cookers now includes a Rapid Rice Cooker, Rapid Oatmeal Cooker, a Rapid Brownie Maker, and a double-sized Deluxe Ramen Cooker, to name only a portion.
The deal with Shark Mark Cuban doesn't appear to have come to fruition, as the Gazette Review claims the "deal was never finalized," and there's no confirmation on the Rapid Brands' or the Mark Cuban Companies' website. Still, the original Rapid Ramen Cooker is an Amazon best seller with almost 25 thousand ratings that average 4.7 out of 5 stars.