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Fully automated kitchen prototype unveiled in the US

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The Nommi robotic kitchen can cook full bowl-based meals in as little as 3 minutes.

Nommi, a new US-based startup automating customisable bowl-based meals, has launched to raise up to $20m in seed capital.

The company, which is backed by Wavemaker Labs, a robotics incubator behind Miso Robotics, Piestro, Bobacino, Future Acres and Graze, is building a standalone robotic kitchen that is able to produce and dispense any grain-, noodle- or lettuce-based dish through a fully integrated cooking system. Along with lead innovation partner, C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), Nommi is aimed at offering diners a more efficient way to access healthy and fresh food.

Reimagining the restaurant experience through robotics and software, Nommi is a robotic kitchen that cooks meals in as little as 3 minutes from start to finish. The battery powered and self-charging machine has many menu options and consumers will be able to select multiple bases and toppings to meet their specifications and cuisine desires. Because Nommi can be configured for both single- and multi-brands, it could open up market opportunities to partner with restaurants and chefs who would like to expand their reach to additional markets.

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Each Nommi machine is able to hold 330 bowls and lids before needing to be refilled. It moves forward and back to collect ingredients and allows for multiple bowls to be prepared simultaneously given its holding functionality. The bowl rotates 360 degrees as it moves through the machine to allow for precise ingredient placement. Once a meal is prepared, it is stored in a safe and sanitary locker (capacity to hold 21 meals) for the consumer to pick up via a unique QR code. As a fully operational kitchen, Nommi also self-cleans after preparing each meal and gives consumers a completely contactless experience with no human interaction.

The entire Nommi kitchen can fit into a single container or food truck for easy transport. This opens up opportunities for on-the-go delivery and catering at medium- and long-term events like corporate parties, movie productions and construction sites.

Nommi and C3 will begin an initial pilot programme through ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto’s Sa’Moto restaurant brand. The Sa’Moto-branded Nommi robotic kitchen will provide consumers access to Sa’Moto menu items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The partnership is kicking off with a projected order volume of 1,000 units by C3, which has quickly become the fastest growing global food tech platform – serving more than 2.5m meals through more than 40 culinary brands over the last 12 months.

C3’s Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian said: “The sky is the limit through our partnership with Nommi to further expand C3’s food tech offerings. With Nommi, we are working to reimagine the restaurant experience by partnering AI with proven recipes and menu’s helmed by C3’s world renowned chefs. By doing so, we are taking traditional concepts and making them new for an ever changing restaurant industry. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of the digital kitchen revolution and with the support of the team at Nommi.”

Buck Jordan, president and co-founder of Nommi said: “Nommi’s secret sauce is undoubtedly its unmatched versatility, both from a brand and consumer perspective. Partnering with an innovative platform like C3 adds another layer of access to numerous revenue streams and unique customers. Both companies are disrupting the food industry and our partnership could not come at a better time.”

In addition to C3, Nommi is backed by experts in the food automation space. Its lead investor, Wavemaker Partners, is a global venture capital fund with over $600m assets under management, and its studio, Wavemaker Labs, focuses directly on automation.

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