The Innovators: New gadgets, concepts may revolutionize food business

New ideas and hardware are changing how we cook. Photo: ingresure

DALLAS, October 29, 2013 —Cooking is an ancient art, and not one many are looking to when searching for innovation. With that in mind we are going to search out kitchens around the world to discover what cooking masterminds are using to cook and what they might be cooking. Some of these products may save you time in the kitchen, and some may simply be weird and confusing. 

Chefs must know all about flavor. The more experienced the chef is the better his or her intuition will be. So how can an inexperienced cook possibly follow a recipe and make a dish correctly that tastes at all like the original chef envisioned? Normally the answer would be you can’t.

But now there is Ingressure. This device measures the ingredients in stew, sauces, or soups and will let you know which spices you need to add and in what quantity. Ingressure uses sensors to tell you what you need and it comes with multiple attachments to best suit particular meals. 

Sometimes it’s not a gadget but an idea or concept that changes things for consumers of consumables. Cookies By Design was started in 1983 as a business that simply combined two popular gifts, cookies and flowers. These gifts were called Cookie Bouquets and are still being sold thirty years later.

Jack Long, CEO of Cookies By Design said, “It is often the simple ideas that make the most improvements in businesses and lives. We are continuing our track record of innovation with our new gluten free packages.” Long continued, “Cookies By Design will offer several gluten-free flavors including its decorated sugar cookies (the icing is always gluten-free), chocolate chip, white chocolate/macadamia nut, and the Millionaire, an “anything you can think of” mix with chocolate and nuts, among other ingredients.” Cookies By Design has also set up a Franchise opportunities. 

Cook from anywhere in the house with Sensual Control. This portable control panel will let you know when your food is ready while allowing you to control cooking temperature. Sensual Control uses wireless technology to let you know when to flip the burgers, if the pasta is ready, and the water is boiling. The wireless device is a bracelet that lets you take care of your guests and not be concerned with burning the meal. 

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The Spummy is being called by its creators “the future of flavor creation.” This unfortunately named device uses nanotechnology to create edible foam in any flavor combinations you can imagine. With endless possibilities of combinations, it might be easy to whip up some kind of nightmare concoction. But there is a precedent for this type of product to become very popular and well received. The Spummy was inspired by the inventor of flavored foam, Ferran Adria. It’s a food product that won him a Restaurant of the Year award four years in a row. 

So do these products innovate life in the kitchen? Time will tell of course. But more importantly, what do we actually need today to better our own cooking experiences? What new gadget or concept will change the cooking world? If you have one in mind, let us know about it in the comment section below!

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Jon Norwood

Jon T. Norwood is a managing partner at Mobile Informers. Jon has over 15 years experience in the wireless communications field and is a frequent contributor at High Speed Internet Access Guide.


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