The Story of Chefee, The Home Cooking Robot
The Spoon Podcast
by The Spoon
1w ago
This episode's guest is Assaf Pashut, the founder of Chefee, a company that makes home cooking robots.   If there's a category in kitchen technology where there have been lots of startups over the past few years, it's food robotics. Zume, Flippy, Remy Robotics, BurgetBot, and Picnic to name a few. Even Travis Kalanick is getting into the act.   However, most food robots are made for commercial kitchens and that's for good reason. As consumers tend to like appliances we're familiar with, so the idea of having a robot to make our food seems like something out of a science fiction futur ..read more
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The Story of Samsung Food With Nick Holzherr
The Spoon Podcast
by Michael Wolf
1w ago
Nick Holzherr is well-known in the smart kitchen space. With the rapid growth of his startup Whisk and the acquisition of the company by Samsung, it's one of the true success stories in this market.   Whisk was the first recipe startup to explore early on how to use AI and apply it to recipes. As we find out in this interview, Nick and his team were building everything from the ground up, including buying computer chips to run his AI models a decade ago.   Nick also tells the story of going on the British version of The Apprentice and appearing before Lord Sugar (the British version ..read more
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The Food Tech News Show: A Look at Our Food Lives in The Year 2055
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
1M ago
This week Mike and Carlos be joined by Future Market’s Mike Lee to talk over some of the most interesting stories of the week. Mike Lee also tells us about his new book Mise,  which paints four different scenarios depicting the potential direction of our future food system. Here are all the stories we’ll be talking about. Bored & Hungry Closes – Food & Web3: A check in on where things are In March 2022, NFT and crypto investor Andy Nguyen purchased Bored Ape #6184 along with three Mutant Apes and soon decided to establish a Bored Ape-themed restaurant named Bored & Hungry ..read more
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Food Tech News Show: Apple Eyes Home Robots
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
1M ago
This week on the Food Tech News Show we are joined by Scott Heimendinger, one of the inventors of the home sous vide circulator and a long-time kitchen tech inventor.  Here are the stories we talk about: Apple is working on robots for the home! – From Bloomberg: “The original concept for the robot was a device that could navigate entirely on its own without human intervention — like the car — and serve as a videoconferencing tool. One pie-in-the-sky idea within Apple was having it be able to handle chores, like cleaning dishes in a sink. Google has used its latest AI to create a new ..read more
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The Food Tech News Show: Wither Magic Spoon?
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
1M ago
On this week's Food Tech News Show, Mike and Carlos welcome Rachel Konrad, former head of communications for The Production Board, Impossible Foods and Tesla. The stories we catch up on include: People are Scared Sh**tless: It gets real on stage from pessimistic VCs Startup Polopo shows off tech to create egg-derived proteins in potatoes using molecular farming techniques Is the Keto Cereal Craze over? Trader Joe’s opens new small-format store Robot of the week: The Chefee robot You can find the video version of this Weekly Food Tech News show at The Spoon and you can find the audio-only podca ..read more
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The Story of Mill with Matt Rogers
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by Michael Wolf
2M ago
If you follow the world of kitchen and consumer food tech startups, you know there hasn't been much in the way of venture funded startups targeting food waste in the home. That changed last year when Mill lifted the veil on the company and its first product, the Mill Bin, a smart food recycler. The company had a unique approach, offering a subscription-based home food waste recycler and an accompanying service that would turn the food grounds into chicken feed.  We decided to catch up with the company's CEO, Matt Rogers, to hear about the journey to making Mill. During our conversation, w ..read more
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The Food Tech News Show: Behold, The Humanoid Kitchen Robot is Here
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by Michael Wolf
2M ago
This week, the Spoon crew got together to discuss some of the big stories of the week on a new weekly video news show we’re launching called The Food Tech News Show. The stories Carlos Rodela and I discuss include: Keurig Unveils Plastic-Free Coffee Pods, Developed With A Little Help From The Maker of CoffeeB Keurig Takes Another Swing at Cold Beverages With the Launch of QuickChill Cold Coffee Technology Not Surprisingly, Starbucks Is Shutting Down Its NFT Program Watch The Figure 01 Robot Feed A Human, Sort The Dishes, And Stammer Like Us Meatbags Why a Small Startup in the Middle of Valenc ..read more
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Building Enabling Technology to Power the Smart Kitchen With Fresco's Anthony Sullivan
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
2M ago
Over the past decade, Fresco has been building technology that helps appliance and housewares brands to create smart kitchen products. The journey for Fresco started when the company - then known as Drop - created a connected kitchen scale. After finding success selling its scale in the Apple store and other locations, the company started working with other brands to help provide enabling technology to power their smart kitchen solutions.  Fast-forward to today, and Fresco is now working with some of the world's biggest kitchen brands, including Panasonic and Viking, to help them build ou ..read more
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The Story of Chefman and Chef iQ with Ralph Newhouse
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
3M ago
Around 2009, Ralph Newhouse's company hunted down excess inventory of small electrics and would re-sell them into the secondary market. However, it wasn't long before Newhouse realized he wanted to make his own appliances, and that's when the Chefman we know today was born. Newhouse wasn't done. As he and Chefman started to see how new connected products made their way into the market over the past decade, he realized he wanted to create a brand around more tech-forward connected products, and that thinking led to the creation of ChefIQ, a startup within a startup focused on the smart kitchen ..read more
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Overcoming Obstacles To Build Kitchen Tech Hardware With Ovie's Ty Thompson
The Food Tech Show With Michael Wolf
by The Spoon
3M ago
Ty Thompson and the rest of the Ovie team recently passed a major milestone: They shipped their first piece of hardware. The product, a consumer food waste management system, was over half a decade in the making. Along the way to market, the founding team faced numerous challenges around funding, finalizing the product concept and design, building prototypes for manufacturing, and finding the right manufacturer to work with. Ty talks about all of these challenges and the lessons learned, including: -Battling mission creep around the product's vision -How to find the right minimum viable produc ..read more
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