Chipotle is working with Miso Robotics to create a robot to cook tortilla chips. The company is relying on the "stage-gate process" it uses for new menu items to test and learn from workers and guests. The robots are also being used at White Castle and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Chipotle is testing a new autonomous kitchen assistant to handle cooking up tortilla chips. The device, dubbed "Chippy," will cook and season Chipotle's chips with salt and fresh lime juice. The robot is being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, California.

Chipotle is testing a new menu item called Chippy. The company is using the "stage-gate" process to test and learn from workers and guests. The idea originated when the company started thinking about using technology and AI to be a better predictor of when restaurants might run out of chips during the day.

Chippy relies on some of the same tech in Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 chicken-wing-making robot. "We asked our team members if we could find a better mousetrap for anything in the restaurant, and what that would be," CEO Mike Bell says.
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