For most people, robots bring to mind greater efficiency.  Whether assembling cars, cleaning floors or harvesting apples, a robot is meant to do it all quicker and better.

It’s no different when it comes to food.  When I think of a foodbot, I assume there’ll be more burgers flipped, dishes cleaned and customers served.

But what if a robot could actually make food that tastes better?

It’s something I hadn’t given a whole lot of thought about until I heard Ali Bouzari, author of INGREDIENT: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, talk the idea about at a recent conference. Bouzari argued that the precision of a robot could create food in fast-service scenarios that would not normally be possible, including food that tastes different and better. And here’s the thing: it wasn’t just a theory. Bouzari had put this idea to the test when his firm, Pilot R&D, helped design the futuristic hamburger robot restaurant Creator.

I talk about food robots, personalized food, fake meat and much more with Bouzari on this week’s episode of the Smart Kitchen Show. As always, you can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher (or your favorite podcast app), download it to your device or just click play below.

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