A smart home cooker that suggests recipes, weighs, chops, stirs, kneads, cooks and washes itself up when it's done, plus lets you order ingredients through its app? It sounds almost too good to be true.
But it's not, and it's called Julia. The all-in-one cooker was recently revealed at CES 2020, and if you haven’t gotten into the world of all-in-one cookers yet, this may just be the machine to convert you.
Julia is a countertop cooker that comes with the latest technology in smart home devices and is the closest to having a sous chef in the kitchen. It can do almost everything - it can weigh, chop, steam, knead, emulsify, whisk, grate, grind ingredients, and cook them according to a recipe that you need not even select yourself.
The cooker comes with a smart display called the Smart Kitchen Hub and a camera that can detect the food itself and suggest recipes accordingly. Don’t have all the ingredients? You can even order them directly through the device.
What makes this stand out from the current all-in-one cooker market is its AI ability that gets smarter the more you use it. It's supposed to make better suggestions and even send you notifications based on your cooking history and favourite ingredients.
Surely this could be exciting for the time-pressed or novice home cook.
But the act of cooking means different things to different people - it can be a creative process, nostalgia-inducing, it can even be meditative for some: does the entry of a smart cooking machine take away the real fun of cooking? Maybe yes, maybe no, but at least with so many hands-free functions, Julia at least sounds like it can alleviate some of the jobs in the kitchen that you prefer to delegate, just as you would with a real-life sous chef.
Thankfully to us food geeks, the device comes with a manual mode too.
The Julia will be available on the market later this year, here's the site to earmark: CookingPal