Food & Cooking

Meet Flippy, White Castle’s new robot chef that can fry food and flip burgers

White Castle will test Flippy at a White Castle restaurant this fall.
White Castle will test Flippy at a White Castle restaurant this fall.

Courtesy of White Castle

  • White Castle announced on Tuesday that it plans to test a cooking robot named Flippy in the kitchen of at least one White Castle this fall.

  • Flippy is built by Miso Robotics, and can fry food, flip burgers, and more. It’s already used in stadiums, venues, and restaurants like the Dodger Stadium.

  • The White Castle and Miso collaboration has been in the works for a year, but the pandemic sped up the fast-food chain’s push for automation due to delivery demand and a move toward contactless cooking.

  • White Castle’s vice president, Jamie Richardson, told Business Insider that Flippy won’t replace human employees. Instead, Richardson said that Flippy will free up time for employees to focus on fulfilling delivery orders.

  • To see Flippy in action, watch the video below.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more

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How to Make the Most of Your Food Processor

what it can do

Dice / Chop / Slice / Emulsify / Blend / Knead Dough

What to cook

Sauces / Purées / Salsa / Dough / Ground Meat / Coleslaw / Nut Butter / Breadcrumbs / Hummus

Trendy small appliances come and go, but the food processor is one that’s a proven mainstay.

This workhorse can chop, slice, shred, and purée many different ingredients—and probably far faster than you can with a knife and cutting board. Some models can even knead dough and grind meat. It’s definitely a lifesaver when cooking for a crowd or preparing multiple batches of a recipe. In those situations, a bigger model with a capacity of 11 to 16 cups might be ideal.

If storage space is tight, a 7-cup model is fine for most tasks and is still plenty useful, especially because it can be difficult to process small amounts (say, a few

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A new digital cookbook celebrates the food of migrant communities

Riaz Phillips, curator of Community Comfort: Recipes from the diaspora - Javie Huxley/Kindima Bah
Riaz Phillips, curator of Community Comfort: Recipes from the diaspora – Javie Huxley/Kindima Bah

Starring recipes for buttermilk fried chicken, ackee and saltfish fritters, and Mauritian mutton curry, a new cookbook bringing together dishes from a diverse range of cuisines has been released today, with profits going towards helping the families of victims of Covid-19. Over 100 mostly UK-based contributors have submitted a recipe for the e-book, Community Comfort, which is the brainchild of Riaz Phillips. 

The food writer, activist, and author of Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK (Tezeta Press; £20) dreamed up the idea in late May, when news broke that the pandemic was disproportionately affecting ethnic minorities in Britain. Phillips had been volunteering with his mother, delivering shopping to a local estate in north London, but wanted to do something on a bigger scale. 

During lockdown Phillips, like many people, was cooking more. He

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How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Responding

These are unprecedented times. It seems like the whole world has been brought to its knees, from the rapid and destructive spread of COVID-19 to the protests in response to police brutality and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The food industry isn’t exempt. So as things develop, we’ve asked people working in the food industry, from coast to coast, to share what they’re seeing in their communities, how they’ve been affected, and how they’re responding.

Tuesday, July 7

“The American Indian Movement and the Black civil rights movement—we’ve always supported each other.”

Robert Rice, Pow Wow Grounds, and Frank Paro, American Indian Movement, Minneapolis: Ed’s Note: Robert Rice is the owner of Pow Wow Grounds, a coffee shop and gathering place for the Native American community. He counts students and Native elders among his most loyal customers. Partway through this conversation, one such

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