One of the most popular dishes among cheese lovers, Swiss cheese fondue, can now be prepared and served by Bouebot, a robot chef.
The development of the Bouebot robot chef cost £240,000 (about $325,000). The robot will be presented at the Paris International Agricultural Exhibition, one of the world’s largest trade fairs for food production.
The Bouebot fondue robot pours the right amount of white wine into a caquelon pot and then places it under a cheese grater. The robot chef heater then stirs the cheese in a figure-eight pattern while the cheese melts, then sprinkles the dish with pepper.
Workshop 4.0 co-director Nicolas Fonteyn said that Bouebot has been in the making for almost two years.
“We wanted to make a project that combines innovation with Swiss tradition, and fondue was the perfect choice… For the Swiss, fondue is a symbol, it’s something festive… it’s a great opportunity to get people talking about robotics and how it can be used,” he said.
Bouebot was named after “buebo”: teenagers who helped shepherds in the mountain chalets during the production of cheese.