Nala Robotics has launched a network of “fully customizable robotic chefs” that allows anyone to open a proprietary cloud-based kitchen in less than 24 hours.
The artificial intelligence specialist said its ‘Nala Marketplace’ will create business opportunities for aspiring chefs, as well as established restaurants and chains.
CEO and co-founder, Ajay Sunkara, said: “Our multi-cuisine robotic chefs are now available to anyone with a culinary passion who aspires to launch their own virtual restaurant or food brand.
“Whether it’s an at-home chef who wants to start a food delivery business or a restaurant chain looking to enter a new market, our AI chefs can cook nearly any type of ethnic food, including Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, as well as popular American food items such as burgers, salads, soups and more.”
Nala Robotics recently introduced what it says is the “world’s first fully automated multi-cuisine chef”, a customizable robot that uses machine learning to cook infinite recipes replicated with exact precision anytime, anywhere.
Marketplace customers upload recipes and menu items to Nala Robotics’ secure database, while creating a virtual storefront.
Orders are placed through a website or online food ordering and delivery platform and subsequently sent to the automated chef where they are fulfilled by sourcing ingredients from a high-tech pantry, picked up and/or delivered to intended customers.
The first Nala Marketplace location opened last month in Naperville, Illinois. The company plans to open additional cloud-based kitchens in local markets across the country.
Nala Robotics provides a full, customizable turnkey solution for aspiring cloud-based kitchens, from restaurant setup to launch.
A team of engineers and culinary experts work directly with each restaurateur to replicate menus using Nala Robotics’ automated chefs, where dishes are prepared, taste tested and refined before they are uploaded to the Nala Marketplace platform.
Customers pay a $250 enrollment fee per location, plus a monthly licensing fee based on order volume.
A percentage of sales for each restaurant goes to Nala Robotics.
“Our Nala Marketplace makes it possible for anyone to own and operate a cloud kitchen without any of the infrastructure and labor costs,” added Sunkara.
“Labor expenses are reduced by as much as 60 percent, which also addresses staffing shortages throughout the food and hospitality industry. The best part is that consumers will have access to consistent, authentic and innovative dishes, whether it’s a proven family recipe passed down from generations or a totally new food concept. The possibilities are endless.”