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Robots Replace Human Chefs In Chinese Noodle Restaurants

'Chef Cui' is the newest employee at over 3,000 Beijing eateries.

Allie Walker
Allie Walker on August 22, 2012. @NYC_Allie

Think the Soup Nazi was a little too strict with your order? He’s  nothing compared to the latest crop of ‘chefs’ in China. Meet restaurateur Cui Runguan’s latest employee, the ‘Chef Cui.’ Don’t ask the chef to customize your order, he can only do one task- slice noodles. But he can slice them better, faster, and more efficiently than any human chef.

‘Chef Cui’ also costs nearly 50% less than a traditional employee, never complains, and always shows up to work on time. Runguan estimates that the average chef costs a restaurant the equivalent of $4,700 US dollars a year, but the Robot Chef only costs $2,000 US dollars (plus, he doesn’t need health insurance!)

In Chinese noodle-restaurants, one chef traditionally slices all of the noodles from a huge block of dough. The task is exhausting and monotonous, and not many young people want to do the job. The Robot Chef, standing over a pot of boiling water, can continuously slice noodles with an up-and-down windshield wiping method all day.  Over 3,000 robots have already been purchased in restaurants in Beijing, and diners say the robot-made noodles are just as good as home-made noodles.

The only problem with the robot? Just like the Soup Nazi, he always looks frighteningly mad!

Watch a video of the Robot Chef in action below:

First spotted on Eater.

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Allie works in-house at PSFK as the content curator, researcher, and daily writer. A former analyst for the National Geographic Channel and OWN, all things media and advertising have her heart. When she's not busy researching the latest trends, you can find her running or updating her personal blog, JustAllie. She is also a regular contributor to Advertising Week.

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