World's first robotic kitchen! SPYCE

Four engineers from MIT have opened a fast-food restaurant in Boston that uses mechanical woks to autonomously prepare meals in under three minutes.

Billed as the "world's first" robotic kitchen, the Spyce restaurant employs a series of seven automated cooking woks in place of human chefs. These robots are designed to simultaneously prepare food in three minutes or less.

Customers place their orders using a touch-screen device inside the restaurant. Then an ingredient delivery system, or "runner," collects the ingredients and portions them, before delivering them into one of the robotic woks.

The pre-portioned ingredients are then mixed in the cylindrical, rotating drums and cooked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit using induction technology. It has seven cooking woks, all heated using induction, a technology invented by Nicola Tesla. It is efficient and accurate and uses less energy than other heating methods. The induction heating element is located adjacent to each cooking wok. It’s not below and it’s not touching the wok.

The woks are set at an angle that allows the customers to watch their food being prepared in front of them.

Once this process is complete, the pot tilts downwards and tips the food into a bowl. The only human intervention happens after the meal has been made and plated up when extra elements such as sauces and toppings are put into the bowls.

The machines then autonomously clean themselves, consuming 80 percent less water than the average dishwasher in the process.

The MIT engineers recruited the culinary skills of Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and Sam Benson to develop the menu, which boasts a variety of cuisines including Thai, Moroccan, Latin and Hearth.