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White Castle to trial robot cook

Tyrone Stewart


Your next slider from White Castle could be cooked up by a robot after the fast food chain’s decision to be the first to test an autonomous grilling and frying kitchen assistant.

The robot-on-a-rail (ROAR), named Flippy, has been created by Miso Robotics. It will be deployed in a bid to increase production speeds, better manage staff, and to introduce added health and safety to the cooking process.

“With 100 years of quick service success, the time has never been more perfect to envision what the next century of White Castle and the restaurant industry looks like. Miso Robotics understood where we could improve and stay true to White Castle's brand of taste, innovation and best-in-class dining,” said Lisa Ingram, White Castle CEO. “A great customer and employee experience is in our DNA, and we are thrilled to bring the future into our kitchen with solutions that will transform the industry and make the White Castle experience all that it can be for generations to come.”

Flippy ROAR will be deployed by White Castle later this year and will be tested for speed, taste, quality, and how seamlessly it integrates with the chain’s backend point-of-service (POS) platform ahead of a wider integration.

“Miso Robotics couldn't be more excited to bring Flippy ROAR into White Castle,” said Buck Jordan, CEO and Co-founder of Miso Robotics. “Artificial intelligence and robotics bring a very real opportunity to continuously enhance the cooking process and optimise taste for restaurants.”

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