4 Automated Solutions Your Kitchen Needs.


Sally the Salad Robot might be our industry's first view into robotics, however, other aspects of our industry are crawling with automated technology to help combat our industry's changing labor landscape. Last week, we covered why automated technology and machines are inching their way towards becoming the industry standard due to rising wages, keeping food costs to a minimum and maintaining quality. 

Now, we're taking a deeper dive into other solutions that are making major strides towards bringing automation and breakthrough innovations to the forefront.

 Control your consistency

Now, Sally the Salad Robot is in a category all on its own as it truly is the first of its kind. However, Groen has made a giant leap in the braising pan & steam kettle category. From its precision and accuracy to its top-tier water-resistance feature, this technology is taking the braising pan and steam kettle game to the next level.

The need to hover around your equipment and constantly monitor your food product has been a norm in this industry for far too long. Think about the hectic environment in a kitchen during high-volume hours of operation - it's a mad house! Odds are mistakes get made and certain tasks get lost in the back of your mind while you're trying to juggle 19 things at once. Groen has alleviated that problem with their new controller technology

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This latest evolution in the braising pan and steam kettle technology truly gives the chefs control of their equipment.

 Ease of use 

The ability to cook on a low setting or high setting (a.k.a. "rock and roll" as Unified Brands Corporate Chef, Chef Steve D'Angelo, likes to call it) at the single press of a button.


Giving you the most precise temperature you desire between 175° - 425° with a timer gives peace of mind to the kitchen staff by freeing up that headspace to carry out the various other tasks needed to keep the kitchen running smoothly during its busiest hours.

 Peace of mind 

The control panel is IPX6 water-rated, so even the most threatening element of electricity can't slow this equipment down.

No longer do you need to be chained to your equipment making sure it's doing exactly what it should be doing. Groen has created the most innovative solution for the most versatile piece of equipment in the kitchen. And if it's any indication on where the future of braising pans and steam kettles for this company we are extremely excited for what's in store!

Want to see the Groen Braising Pan & Steam Kettle in-action??
Watch our episode of Chef Adam Live from the Unified Brands test kitchen!


Visualize your kitchen design

Unified Brands Augmented Reality app

This may have a little less to do with automation and more to do with awesome tech innovations, but it is definitely worth talking about. Unified Brands' efforts don't stop at the equipment itself. Purchasing this expensive kitchen equipment is a huge commitment and it's difficult for operators to visualize it in their space. That's what led Unified Brands to develop their augmented reality application. The AR technology gives the user 360° views of 3D renderings in conjunction with the devices camera to bring the equipment to life right in their kitchen.

We were lucky enough to grab Unified Brands Corporate Chef, Steve D'Angelo, for a moment at the 2018 NRA Show to give us a quick rundown of their new app! See for yourself:


The systems approach to automation

Automation doesn't need to solely exist within one piece of equipment; it can be a  process. Multiple pieces of equipment give you the ability to create consistent, high quality food with very little skill level. As a leading innovator in the foodservice industry, Alto-Shaam is continuously developing new solutions to make life in the kitchen as efficient as possible with their line of equipment. 

Take a look at how we utilized the probe function on an Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold to perfectly cook a steak burger to the correct internal temp. We then used the programability and speed of the all-new Vector® Multi-Cook Oven to finish the burger off in two minutes.


Although this isn't a fully automated system, these automated components make the process efficient and the quality of the food consistent. Probed cooking has taken on the role of entry-level automation with its set-it-and-forget-it capabilities and the consistency it brings to your food. 

Forget about the "need-to-know" 

One of the many solutions automated technology provides is the need for prerequisite knowledge or specific skills required to perform the task at hand. You don't need to be a culinary expert to select from a list of chef-inspired salads with Sally the Salad Robot, nor must you have the touch of an experienced line cook to determine the internal temperature of a medium-rare piece of meat; that's the beauty of this innovative technology. 

Getting rid of the "need-to-know" bottomline is at the forefront of the Marra Forni rotating brick oven. This Italian-designed, American-made oven puts a new age twist on an Old World process.  

Watch the video below as Chef Adam gives us the down-low on this winner of  a 2018 Kitchen Innovations award.


The rotating deck alleviates the pressure of the operator to constantly have to monitor the pizzas cooking in the oven. Compared to traditional brick ovens, which require manually rotating the pies for even cooking, the Marra Forni Rotator does all of the work for you!

Automation in the kitchen is quickly becoming the standard in the commercial foodservice industry. As the landscape of our industry continues to change, your number one concern as an operator is being able to deliver a consistent and quality offering. Don't get stuck in the old ways of doing things. Take your processes to the next level with automated technology solutions.

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