Last week, I headed out to Chicago to see what was happening in smart kitchen and foodtech at the Housewares Show. The first stop was a dinner put on in conjunction with the IoT Consortium and Smart Kitchen Summit, and Tuesday was spent on the show floor.
It's an exciting time in the housewares space, and while in Chicago I observed a number of trends, including the emergence of a new form of guided cooking systems that aim to enable consumers to create chef-like results with little advanced training. One of the new products in this space is the Hestan Cue. I had a chance to cook salmon with the Hestan Cue, and the experience showed me that this type of technology could be an important new trend, one which we hope to explore in depth at the Smart Kitchen Summit in October.
The Hestan Cue is a product from Hestan Smart Cooking, a new division of the Meyer Corporation and a sister brand to Hestan Commercial. Some readers may remember Meld, the connected cooking startup from Seattle. Meld was acquired by a mysterious suitor in September of last year, and as it turns out Hestan Smart Cooking was where Meld cofounders Jon Jenkins and Darren Vengroff ended up.
In our post we go in depth on the guided cooking systems as well other interesting things I saw at the show, such as Gourmia's connected multicooker and Panasonic's new induction oven. You can also hear my thoughts on what happened in smart kitchen at Housewares on the Smart Kitchen Show podcast, where I was joined by Perfect Company CEO Mike Wallace (you can see Mike's face printed on a pancake from Pancakebot below). To listen, just click play or listen to it through iTunes.
We're busy working on this year's Smart Kitchen Summit, and have already lined up some amazing speakers. If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring the Summit drop us a line. You can also pick up early-early bird tickets here.
And oh yeah - if you're headed to SXSW, we're having a smart home and smart kitchen mixer at Fogo de Chao tomorrow night. Let us know if you'd like to attend.