Imagine a restaurant where your food is served by a robot, not a human. That’s the reality for chef Eric Minnich, who is working with the San Francisco-based restaurant Mezli to create fully autonomous dining experiences.
Balancing flavorful dishes with automated systems brings unique challenges, yet the potential benefits are significant.
Automation could solve chronic staffing shortages in the food industry, allow better wages, and offer more traditional working hours for staff. However, despite the progress, Eric acknowledges that robots will never truly replicate the human touch in hospitality. The impact on jobs in food services remains uncertain, yet it undeniably opens up new roles in the technology-driven future.