Pulmuone said in a statement that the instant food cooking machine called "Robot Chef" was developed. Currently, three types of noodle dishes are available -- spicy beef soup, tonkotsu ramen, and spicy seafood noodle soup. The equipment has an automatic cooking chamber and a designated space for utensils. Anyone can choose their menu through the 15.6-inch (39.6 cm) touchscreen. The food company aims to work with schools and various companies to provide the new machine.
"By rapidly expanding into various businesses with high demand for smart unmanned restaurants, we will establish ourselves as an exemplary case of food tech specifically in the perspective of unmanned systems," Pulmuone’s unmanned platform business head Nam Jeong-min said in a statement on September 12. The company said more menus will be included after showcasing the smart vending machine in the sales market.
The adoption of cooking robots is steadily gaining momentum in South Korea. In May 2023, robot chefs created by Doosan Robotics, a domestic collaborative robot manufacturer, were used at a golf event in the eastern city of Chuncheon to provide noodles, fried chicken menus, and hot dogs. The company also utilized its beverage robot that can make a cup of Caffè Americano in 45 seconds.
VIPS, a family restaurant brand owned by the franchise restaurant wing of South Korean food conglomerate CJ, has adopted a robot capable of cooking some 10 noodle menus. About 40 to 50 dishes can be cooked per hour.
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