CHICAGO (May 2, 2019) – From May 18 to 21, Sally the Robot will serve up fresh, customizable meals and snacks to attendees at the 2019 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show for the third year in a row. This year, however, the robot returns with several prestigious accolades and will unveil a new offering at the show.
As one of 25 recipients of the NRA’s Kitchen Innovation (KI) Awards, Chowbotics, the creator of Sally, was recognized for its proficiency addressing foodservice operator concerns including labor, cleanliness, food safety, sanitation, cross-functionality, and space-saving measures. The KI Awards program is led by an independent panel of well-respected foodservice industry leaders known for predicting the future of the industry.
Sally delivers precise portions and serves up vibrant, forward-thinking meals and snacks in places where fresh, made-to-order food might not otherwise exist. The robot offers thousands of custom meal options from any combination of up to 22 ingredients, in addition to chef-crafted, pre-programmed salads, grain bowls, and breakfast bowls. Users can fine-tune the calorie total by adding or subtracting ingredients, as well as view full nutritional details for each selection. Sally’s proprietary technology also reduces the risk of foodborne illness and cross-contamination, as ingredients are separated by canisters, replenished on a regular basis, and contained within the robot.
At the NRA Show, Sally will be showcased with all KI Award honorees in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Showroom, booth #2440C in the North Hall. Here, media in attendance can preview a new offering making its official debut at the show. A second Sally will be in residence at Chowbotics’ booth #11319 in the Lakeside Center. Interview opportunities are available with key members of the Chowbotics team including founder and CEO Dr. Deepak Sekar. Deepak will be participating in a panel presentation sponsored by GP PRO on Monday, May 20 at 12:30 pm titled The New Era of Automation and Foodservice Tech: A Why-and-When Guide to Crucial Operational Investments. This panel will take place in the Innovation Theater, Booth 5575.
In addition to the KI Award, Chowbotics was recently selected as one of The World’s Most Innovative Companies in Robotics by Fast Company, joining a prestigious list of companies “making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.” Fast Company previously highlighted Sally as one of “10 Restaurant Innovations Changing the Way We Eat” and as a finalist in the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards.
In 2019, Chowbotics also won a BIG Innovation Award alongside top companies such as Mastercard Labs, UBS Wealth Management, IBM, United Healthcare, and Gulfstream, among others. The annual business awards program recognizes the organizations, products, and people that are bringing new ideas to life. Sally was awarded Silver for Food Tech Solutions from the Edison Awards, one of the highest honors a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.
Lastly, Chowbotics was honored with a 2018 Most Innovative Product of the Year Silver Award in the Small and Medium Business category by the Best in the Biz Awards by an independent judging panel with representatives from the Associated Press, New York Post, New York Times, and Wired.
About Chowbotics: Chowbotics makes fresh food accessible with Sally, the first robot of its kind in the industry. Sally's innovative technology provides customizable salads, bowls, and snacks 24/7 in a 3’X3’ space. For more information, please visit www.chowbotics.com.