Hurray! Robot-made paella gets a big nod from Spanish chef

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The robot developed by the Spanish company BR5 is cooking the paella.

Is it possible for a robot to prepare a paella that tastes as good as a Spanish chef’s? Then the answer is yes, according to a master chef who gave it a try.

The Spanish company BR5 has developed a robot that can prepare one of the most popular dishes in the country. The product has already drawn the interest of some hotel chains and resorts outside Spain.

Mr. Enrique Lillo, Founder of BR5 said, “Of course a homemade rice dish on a Sunday will always taste different… We are not aiming at reaching that, our goal is to travel around the world and be able to eat the same rice that we eat in our country, in a different country.”

According to Mr. Lillo, several Japanese amusement parks and resorts even have their own paella robot. And, this technology has the potential to attract the locals.

Paella is one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine.

“In my opinion, it’s a wonderful tool, and ‘Ole!’ for the developers because I loved it,” said Ms. Maria Munoz, paella chef and director of “Cocinea” gastronomy school after trying the robot-made paella.

The robot is made up of an electronic stove and a mechanical arm that places the sauteed ingredients over the paella pan adds the rice and stirs it with a slotted spoon before adding the fish stock. All of the ingredients must be prepared ahead of time and are pre-measured for one paella. When all of the ingredients are in the pan, the robot continuously stirs and shakes until it’s done.

As per Ms. Munoz, it will be really useful for restaurants because it allows them to make more paellas at once. “If you only have one paella cook you can only make 20 at most because it’s crazy, specially finding the sweet spot for the paella,” she added.

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