Ever wanted a computer to help you decide your dining menu? IBM’s Chef Watson comes to your rescue.
Chef Watson is based on the Jeopardy-winning computer that IBM showed off in 2011 and was programmed by Florian Pinel, a senior software engineer at IBM. It communicates with the app via the internet. Watson is named for Thomas J. Watson, IBM’s founder, who led the company for 42 years
Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes.
To understand how Chef Watson works, you first need to understand what Chef Watson is. It’s a computer program that helps cooks discover and create original, totally unique recipes with the help of flavor compound algorithms. To start, choose an ingredient—any ingredient!—you want to cook with Or don’t want to cook with. From there, you decide which kind of dish you want to make.
Chef Watson has already been put to work at IBM events, in cafeterias and the company’s food truck. The idea is pretty straightforward, when given a handful of ingredients, Watson is able to create new, original recipes. In other words, Watson acts like a chef who might be looking in your fridge or shopping at the farmers’ market.
Cooking apps, or computers in kitchens, are nothing new. In fact, the very first home computer was meant for the kitchen. The Honeywell Kitchen Computer was released in 1969. But it didn’t take off. It weighed 45 kilograms, cost $10,000 and required the user to learn binary code to use it.