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The below post comes to us from IFBC17 sponsor, Hestan Smart Cooking, whom you will be able to meet September 29 – October 1 at the IFBC.
The kitchen of the future isn’t about gadgets cooking for you, it’s about technology teaching you to become a better cook.
Have you ever tried making caramel and found yourself fretting over the thermometer, or wondering what exactly ‘soft ball stage’ looks and feels like? Or been reducing a sauce while chatting with guests only to find it’s evaporated by the time you return to the stove? It takes professional chefs decades of experience to learn the sounds, smells, taste, and touch that signal when something is done. But what if your kitchen was smart enough to help you learn these skills in a matter of minutes?
Over the past couple of decades technology has crept into our everyday lives, affecting everything from how we control the air conditioning or lighting in our homes, to how we commute. But the kitchen has been slow to adapt—essentially remaining an untouched, time-honored kingdom of wooden spoons and gas flames. However, as many products are proving, using smart technology in the kitchen can help make us better (and happier) cooks by daring us to try what we hadn’t dreamed possible and realizing our inner chef potential.
Here at Hestan Cue, smart cooking means bringing Bluetooth into the kitchen so that appliances can communicate with each other, and a thoughtful app you control can help you deliver the best tasting and most consistent results. The truly smart kitchen harnesses all the techniques that top chefs spend their lives learning, factors in all possible variables, and sets you up for success. It combines hours of experience over the stove and puts the power of culinary expertise in your hands. At the same time, the smart kitchen creates room for flexibility and creativity. After all, technology should empower creativity, not diminish it. For the novice in the kitchen, it delivers the confidence needed to cook at home. For the more experienced cook, it provides a trusted sous-chef that helps turn an ordinary Friday night meal into an impressive date night dinner.
In an age where Bluetooth connectivity is more accessible than ever, Hestan Cue seeks to improve cooking and educate the home cook, rather than adding tech for tech’s sake. This ‘smart cooking system’ consists of an induction burner, smart pan and recipe app that communicate with each other seamlessly to walk you through every step of every recipe. From prep to plating, Michelin-star chefs teach tips and techniques through video guidance. At the same time, embedded temperature sensors in the pan and burner communicate to automatically adjust temperature while the app prompts you when to flip, stir, or sauté so you can enjoy the conversation (and perhaps a glass of wine) while you cook a restaurant-quality meal.
That’s the real power of the smart kitchen: to let all of us, no matter our culinary skill level, get better results and more enjoyment from the timeless art of cooking, and ultimately, to bring us all together around the table.