Pasadena's Famous Cooking Robot Passes Dodgers Pilot Program With Frying Colors

Miso Robotics Enhances Miso AI Platform to Include Frying Skills, Releases Pilot Program Results from Dodger Stadium

Published : Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 5:42 AM

Flippy, the burger flipping robot that started work at Pasadena’s CaliBurger restaurant in March, has upgraded and now helps fry chicken tenders and crispy tater tots at the Chick ‘N Tots stand in Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition, the robot, made by Miso Robotics, a leading robotics and artificial intelligence solutions company based in Pasadena, has received full certification by NSF International for meeting sanitation standards for commercial kitchen equipment and secured an ETL Listed Mark by Intertek for meeting UL electrical safety standards.

Miso Robotics announced Thursday its autonomous robotic assistants – Flippy and his mates – are now able to perform frying cooking tasks, enabled by Miso’s cloud-connected AI platform.

The company has been piloting Flippy as a frying assistant at Chick ‘n Tots since July 30, the announcement said.

So far, Flippy has been consistently able to cook and serve more than 10,000 pounds of chicken tenders and tater tots to Dodgers fans, producing up to 80 baskets of food per hour.

“The robotic kitchen assistant helps us more quickly and safely cook perfectly crispy chicken tenders and tater tots,” said Robin Rosenberg, Vice President and Chef de Cuisine for Levy Restaurants, Miso Robotics’ partner in developing Flippy. “It’s amazing to see the kitchen assistant and team members working together, and the consistency of product is incredible.”

Miso said Flippy assists in the frying process using three key AI platform features: Miso See, Miso Serve, and Miso Move.

Miso See enables the robot’s six-axis industrial arm to identify and locate food, cookware, and cooking utensils. Miso Serve equips it to make optimal cooking decisions in real-time, and Miso Move provides robotics control for safe and efficient grilling, frying and preparing food as assigned.

With these new skills, Flippy can pick up baskets and place them in the fryer, gently shake baskets in the oil and monitor cooking time. It could also hang baskets to drain excess oil, place them at a designated station for temperature testing and skim the fry oil.

This allows Chick ‘n Tots team members to dedicate more time to food preparation and assembly as well as to improving the fan experience.

David Zito, co-founder and chief executive officer at Miso Robotics added,

“Dodger Stadium is an ideal location to pilot our technology with a key demographic that expects the type of quality food and service we have developed Flippy to assist in fulfilling,” David Zito, Co-Founder and CEO at Miso Robotics, said. “Levy, E15 (a Levy subsidiary, and the LA Dodgers have been incredible partners during this process; the tremendous insight we have gained during this pilot has enabled us to make improvements that ensure stadium employees benefit most from our collaborative solution.”

Miso Robotics said Flippy will continue frying at the Chick ‘n Tots stand at Dodger Stadium through the end of the 2018 LA Dodgers season. The company and its partners continue to plan additional opportunities for Flippy and the Miso AI platform during the off-season.

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