Cutting-Edge Cooking: dnata Introduces AI-driven Robot Chef at WTCE Expo

Cutting-Edge Cooking: dnata Introduces AI-driven Robot Chef at WTCE Expo

Exclusive event menu includes kung pao shrimp and stir-fried beef with oyster sauce

(IN SHORT) At the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg, dnata Catering & Retail is showcasing a cooking robot capable of preparing delectable Asian dishes like stir-fried beef with oyster sauce and kung pao shrimp. Developed by BOTINKIT, this robot replicates a chef’s stir-frying technique with precision, using induction pot technology for even heating and precision seasoning for consistent taste. This innovation aligns with dnata’s commitment to enhancing quality and efficiency through AI-driven digital kitchen solutions, marking a significant advancement in automated culinary services. Visitors to dnata’s stand can experience live cooking demonstrations and engage with dnata’s senior executives and award-winning chefs.

(PRESS RELEASE) Hamburg, Germany, 2024-May-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Visitors to dnata Catering & Retail’s stand at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg will be treated to some of the best dishes of Asian cuisine – all prepared by a cutting-edge cooking robot.

The robot, which dnata has been actively trialling in its Australian operations, will prepare and serve mouth-watering dishes including stir-fried beef with oyster sauce, kung pao shrimp and stir-fried shitake mushrooms with tofu during the three-day event.

The trial is part of dnata’s ongoing efforts to enhance quality and efficiency with AI-driven digital kitchen solutions, such as its advanced systems that optimise production using consumption data.

Robin Padgett, CEO of dnata Catering & Retail, said: “We are committed to constantly pushing our boundaries to future-proof our operations and consistently deliver top-notch services for our customers.

“The ongoing trials of cooking robots complement many initiatives that have already proven successful in maximising operational efficiency and production in our kitchens. We are excited about the initial, excellent results and will continue to work closely with our partners to fine-tune these advanced machines for commercial use and scale the solution to meet the demand for automated, quality culinary services.

“We look forward to meeting with our existing and future partners in Hamburg!”

The robot showcased at dnata Catering & Retail’s stand is developed by BOTINKIT, a China-based food-tech start-up. It can authentically replicate a chef’s stir-frying technique, down to every detail. Each robot is equipped with an induction pot that mimics the wok-flipping movements of human chefs, ensuring even and simultaneous heating for the ingredients. Additionally, they use precision seasoning technology, ensuring consistent taste for each dish. Users can seal in the flavours through precise temperature control.

A built-in smart assistant provides voice guidance to ensure confidence in every step.  The robots also have an automatic cleaning function which minimises the need for manual cleaning and scrubbing.

dnata’s spacious stand in Hamburg also features a live cooking station, offering visitors world-class culinary experiences. dnata’s senior executives and award-winning chefs from across the globe are present to engage with customers and partners throughout WTCE.

dnata’s catering and retail division is one of the world’s leading inflight hospitality providers. The company’s 11,700 catering professionals produce over 123 million meals annually, serving full service, low-cost and VIP carriers from more than 60 locations.

WTCE is the leading global event for the travel catering, onboard retail, and passenger comfort industries. In 2024, the event is taking place between 28-30 May in Hamburg, Germany.

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Source: dnata