Modern kitchens already contain multitudes of cooking-related gadgets, from iPads slicked with EVOO to excellet multitasking tools. But it would be nice if the appliances themselves helped you cook, letting you know it's time to stir the risotto, that you should add salt to your soup or how to debone a chicken.
At $3,500, this little beauty may not find its way onto my kitchen counter any time soon, but I have to admit it's tempting. Fill it with batter, close the lid, and the ChefStack shoots out perfectly formed pancakes at a rate of 200 per hour.
Most chefs will tell you they only need a sharp knife and a hot pan to make a great meal. Of course, if you want to go beyond a great meal and start pushing the limits of what food can be, you might need some extra gear. That's where food technology guru Dave Arnold and renowned international chef Nils Noren come in.
Arnold, who our own Ted Allen called the food world's answer to Q from James Bond, finds or builds the machines, and Noren (a former executive chef at Aquavit and current Vice President of Culinary Arts at The French Culinary Institute) brings in the cooking chops needed to design the dishes. Together in this new Popular Science video series, Arnold and Noren team up to highlight different pieces of equipment that have made their way out of laboratory and into the kitchen.