What is Smart Cooking?

by Darren Vengroff, Hestan Cue Chief Scientist

When I think about making the kitchen “smart,” my goal is always to enable people to produce results they couldn’t otherwise.

It’s not about making a connected appliance just because connectivity is now cheap. The last thing people need is a toaster that requires an app to operate. The push-down lever is still a great user interface for making toast.

Instead, I try to add technology where it actually helps. If we can help consumers produce a perfect piece of fish, with crisp skin and a moist tender interior, or a simple chicken breast that is properly seared but not the least bit dry, or broccoli that is bright green and toothsome instead of mushy and gray, we have done our job.

The truly smart kitchen knows the right techniques for all kinds of dishes and executes them properly. It packs up Malcolm Gladwell’s famous 10,000 hours of experience and puts it in the home cook’s hands. At the same time, it leaves them with the flexibility to be as creative as they like, knowing the underlying technique has been mastered. For the novice, it delivers the confidence needed to cook at home versus not cooking at all. For the more experienced home cook, it means a trusted sous-chef who helps turn an ordinary Tuesday night dinner into a special menu they might otherwise only attempt on a free weekend.

That’s the real power of the smart kitchen. To let all of us, no matter where we are today, get better results and more enjoyment when we prepare meals for our families, our friends and ourselves. And in the end, that brings us all together around the table.

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