Cooki the robot chef was stirring up interest at CES

Cooki the robot chef was on display at CES. Photo by Hiawatha Bray.
Cooki the robot chef was on display at CES. Photo by Hiawatha Bray.

A robot chef called Cooki stirred up a lot of attention at this year’s International CES. Cooki is a cross between the Jetsons and Jenny Craig — an automated meal preparation system that uses ingredients that are mailed to your home.

“We really geared this toward people who don’t know how to cook, people who don’t have time to cook, or people who’d just rather be doing other things,” said Jesse Rosalia, chief technology officer and co-founder of Sereneti Kitchen, which created Cooki.

The device uses a robotic arm to stir the contents of a pot placed on Cooki’s inductive heating system. It also uses a trio of plastic trays mounted in a mechanical conveyor that automatically dumps ingredients into the pot at appropriate times.  The whole thing is controlled by a smartphone app. 

Rosalia hopes to bring Cooki to market for $599. But Sereneti Kitchen won’t just rely on robot sales. It’ll also peddle pre-packaged ingredients that Cooki can transform into tasty meals. Those who choose this option will pay $99 for Cooki, plus $50 a month for three years. In exchange, these food subscribers will get enough raw material for 10 meals a month.

 Personally, I’d rather do my own cooking. But judging by the success of meals-by-mail services, Cooki just might catch on.

Hiawatha Bray is a technology reporter for the Boston Globe. E-mail him at [email protected].
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