Creator – A Robotic Burger Making Machine That Can Produce 120 Burgers An Hour

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

It looks like no-one’s jobs are safe from the robots and computers anymore. The car industry (automated production lines), finance industry (Goldman Sach’s New York headquarters has replaced 600 of its traders with 200 computer engineers over the last two decades or so, thanks to automated trading programs), warehouse workers (robots controlled by computers are replacing Jobs that involve packing or moving of goods.), drivers, (self driving cars), cashiers (self checkouts) just to name a few industries (there are many more!). Now, burger chefs can find their jobs added to the list. Introducing Creator, the robotic burger making machine that can produce 120 burgers an hour.

Creator – A Robotic Burger Making Machine?

Creator is a culinary robotics company that have designed an autonomous robot that cooks and builds burgers to order within 5 minutes. The robot is the flagship product of the culinary robotics company.

The machine consists of 20 computers, 350 sensors and 50 actuators that form a robotic assembly line. After you place your order, the machine grinds and cooks the meat. The burger is pushed along a unique conveyor belt, where it gets additional toppings that are all sliced to order. After being filled with the raw ingredients it can produce a burger every 30 seconds for a total of 120/hour, although the restaurant plans on having two of the machines for a total production of 240 burgers/hour. It even cuts and toasts the buns. Want the video below to see exactly how it works!

The entire burger making process takes about 5 minutes and costs $6 per burger.

You can find Creator working in the The Creator Storefront restaurant in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. The restaurant hosting the burger making machine recently opened for business at the end of June 2018. The team behind Creator feature employees formerly of Tesla, NASA, and Disney. On the culinary side, former Chez Panisse chef David Bardow is moulding the 4-burger strong menu and sides, along with a few other Bay Area chefs, including Nick Balla and Tu David Phu.

Creator claims that the robot made burgers are as good, if not better than human made ones…

Every burger is created with freshly ground beef that’s aligned perfectly to your bite — a new kind of tenderness. We grind, slice, grate, toast, season, grill and customize a burger that’s fast, fresh, delicious and unforgettable

Creator’s founder, Alex Vardakostas grew up flipping burgers. Now he thinks robots entering food production is the future of restaurants.

When I started this process eight years ago, there wasn’t the inevitability that this would happen with food. Now not only is it inevitable, but it also produces a much higher quality product. Food and commodities prices have been decreasing decade over decade. Interestingly though, food prices seemed to have tailed off around 2000. Farmers and tractors did amazing things for society in general, and this feels like the next advancement to bring dramatic reductions to the cost of food while increasing its quality and consistency,

What ingredients does the burger making robot use?

Creator - A Robotic Burger Making Machine That Can Produce 120 Burgers An Hour

According to the Creator’s website, the robot will use the following ingredients;

Buns

Brioche buns are locally-baked every day. They’re sliced and buttered to order so they stay fluffy and fresh.

Cheese

Two cheeses to choose from each day including Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, Monterey Jack, — grated and melted to order.

Seasonings

12 seasonings: standards like sea salt and black pepper and special blends like chipotle sea salt, alderwood smoked salt, adobo and persian lime pepper.

Beef

GAP 4 rated anti-biotic and hormone free, pasture raised brisket and chuck come from a coop of family ranches on the west coast called Country Natural Beef. They supplement with all natural product from Creekstone Farms.

Veggies

They source the best vegetables we can find, locally and organic as often as possible. Butter lettuce comes from Andy Boy Farms and California Organics, Tomatoes from Plain Jane Produce and Tasti Lee, yellow onions from Easterday Farms and Peri and Sons

Sauces

They have 15 sauces including classics like ketchup and mustard. We’ve also got some new, savory, sweet and sour sauces that they make in house fresh every day like oyster aioli, shiitake mushroom sauce, sunflower seed tahini and garlic aioli.

Buy tickets for a robot made burger

Think you can rock up to The Creator Storefront restaurant and jump in queue? Think again. Tickets for the robot made burgers are selling fast. You can buy tickets on their website and follow them across social media. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. Instagram.

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