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Topic : School hires robots as cafeteria chefs
2023호 12면
 
TITLE : School hires robots as cafeteria chefs

School hires robots as cafeteria chefs

 


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The chicken is in the deep fryer, vegetable fried rice is being cooked in a pan and beef stew is being heated up in a stock pot as lunchtime approaches at Soonggok Middle School in Seongbuk-gu, northern Seoul.

 

But the meal preparation for some 660 students is all done at the hands of cooking robots.

 

The middle school is the first in the country to adopt cooking robots designed to perform culinary tasks, such as stir-frying, boiling and frying ingredients. It is part of a trial starting the second semester of this year to streamline kitchen operations for the food service staff.

 

This also comes in line with the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education’s initiative to reduce workers’ health problems and cut down their labor-intensive work.

 

A total of four cooking robots -- two robots specializing in stir-frying, one for soup making and one for frying -- are operated in the school’s canteen to prepare and serve lunches. Each is around 3 meters in height, 20 kilograms in weight and has a lifespan of five years.

 

The mechanical arms replicate human actions in a kitchen once the school cafeteria cook sets the manual based on the menu, such as the time and temperature. According to the school, the cooking robots are programmed to follow around 100 recipes, including kalguksu, a Korean noodle dish made with knife-cut wheat flour noodles and other vegetables.

 

“There’s clearly a difference in the quality of taste as cooking robots bring consistency and efficiency to the cooking process,” Kim Hye-young, a nutritionist at Soonggok Middle School, told a group of reporters on a press tour inside the kitchen.

 

“We are also satisfied that we no longer have to stand before a fire for hours while preparing the meal. Aided by robots, the work environment for school cafeteria workers has significantly enhanced, and I would like to recommend other schools to start using them,” Kim said.

 

 

Source : https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20231123000793

 

Comprehension

Where was the article set?
What school is the first in the country to adopt cooking robots?
What are the four types of cooking robots used in the school?
How tall and heavy are the cooking robots?
What is the lifespan of the cooking robots?
How do the cooking robots replicate human actions in the kitchen?
What is the manual that the school cafeteria cook sets based on the menu?
How many recipes are the cooking robots programmed to follow?

Discussion

Why do you think cooking robots are used in this school?
How do you think cooking robots can help the school cafeteria workers?
What are some advantages of using cooking robots in the kitchen?
How do you think cooking robots can affect the taste of the food?
Can you think of any other jobs that could be done by robots in the kitchen?
How do you think cooking robots can help schools in other countries?
What are some potential challenges in using cooking robots in schools?
Do you think cooking robots are a good idea for schools? Why or why not?

Vocabulary

Streamline- To make something work more efficiently.
Culinary tasks- Tasks related to cooking and preparing food.
Stir-frying- A cooking method that involves frying ingredients in oil or fat.
Boiling- A cooking method that involves heating liquid to a specific temperature.
Mechanical arms- Arms that move in a robotic or mechanical manner.
Programmed- Set or prepared in advance.
Recipes- Specific instructions for preparing a dish.