It’s called Tovala, it’s a new kitchen appliance that can steam, cook, microwave, toast and broil foods, and at the moment it costs just $199.
The team behind the device, labelled a Smart Oven, say the machine allows people to have “healthy, tasty and chef-curated meals” at home in minutes. The key to this efficiency, it seems, is in the ‘chef-curated meals’ part - essentially pre-packaged meals that have been created by a team of chefs and come with a simple barcode scanner that tells the oven exactly how to cook a dish.
The idea is that users will sign up to weekly meal box deliveries that will be shipped to their door with meals priced between $10-$15 each. Examples of meal boxes are given on the company’s Kickstarter page, one being; two portions of Black Pepper & Coriander Crusted Salmon with two portions of Honey-Roasted Acorn Squash. They say the meals packages and delivery programs are still being devised and could well change depending on user feedback.
Their funding page is full of testimonies from culinary professionals who all claim the Tavola will bring restaurant quality food to the home at the click of a button and before anyone questions the demand for such a product, it’s worth noting that over 700 people have already pledged $199 or more to pre-order the appliance.
For those against the whole pre-made meals, which the company say will come with no preservatives and 100% recyclable packaging, the Tovala can also be used to cook whatever a person wants. With the ability to steam, bake, broil and act as a convection oven, it’s seems the sort of device that could attract a lot of home cooks.