RoboChef

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At RoboChef, we are a team of accomplished technology executives, veteran software & hardware engineers, and food service owners/operators with decades of hands-on food service experience. We come from varied backgrounds but are collectively working toward building a technology solution that will redefine the restaurant industry. Our food service cost, labor, efficiency, and food safety solution are more advanced and capable than any product on the market. Our goal is to transform the way manufacturers, food service firms, and restaurants consistently delight their customers. 

Mission

At RoboChef, we are on a mission to redefine food service by delivering unprecedented levels of efficiency, consistency, unit economics, and convenience to preparation and delivery of food by leveraging robotics.

Vision

RoboChef is an innovator in the food service automation arena. Our goal is to develop intelligent automation systems that allow food service operators to leverage the precision, consistency, and efficiency of robotics to automate their food – from the way they are made, to the way they are served. We configure our technology to meet the needs of restaurants, commercial food service, grocery, and CPG brands who wish to be on the leading edge of the food tech wave, meeting and delighting the consumer where they are, when they want.

As part of our strategic vision, RoboChef will become the thought, design, and market leader in end-to-end food service automation. Our operational knowledge and key partnerships with food service partners will facilitate our leadership in this space while enabling our partners to accelerate their journey into the future of food service.

Team

Aravind Durai

RoboChef was founded by Aravind Durai, an accomplished executive with expertise in robotics and a track record of implementing sophisticated automation systems across multiple industries for Global 500 and startup companies. Previously, he was the head of engineering for a HDS Global responsible for developing an automated robotic warehouse. He holds multiple automation patents of products featured in renowned magazines. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Aravind is responsible for setting the RoboChef’s vision and pursuing actions to accomplish it.

Marcus Petre

Marcus is an expert designer and builder of complex electromechanical systems. He was with a leading global automation company where he vastly improved the speed and quality of their motion systems by utilizing his expertise in design for manufacturability & assembly, root cause analysis, and precision equipment engineering. Marcus has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

Marcus is responsible for designing and fabricating RoboChef's electromechanical systems.

David Fairchild

David is an automation expert with 8+ years of industry experience and deep expertise in control systems and mechatronics. David has commissioned hundreds of complex automation systems leveraging technologies such as Motion Control, Machine Vision, IIoT, and Linux/Embedded/PLC Programming. David has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University.

David is responsible for RoboChef’s robotics and automation controls software development.

Bill Post

Bill is an industry veteran of nearly 40 years and his executive profile spans a wide spectrum in diverse and world-recognized landmark locations, including managing, operating, supervising and leading the concept creation, executive management, team development, and opening of over two hundred uniquely different concepts while in Presidential roles at The Levy Restaurants, Restaurant Associates and as Founder and CEO of Roti Mediterranean Grill.

Bill closely works with RoboChef on areas pertaining to the food service industry.

Sedhu Krishnamurthy

Sedhu is a Business and Technology executive at Microsoft where he currently leads the Data and Artificial Intelligence business for US Retail and Consumer Goods vertical. His primary focus is delivering business outcomes for customers harnessing the power of data, artificial intelligence and cloud. His business approach combines the velocity of the startup with the structure of big firm to drive predictable, immediate results. He has an M.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Sedhu guides RoboChef on Digital Transformation, Partnerships, Culture and Enterprise Selling.

Chef Dan Bocik

Often referred to as the "The gnocchi king of Chicago", Dan is a classically trained Italian Chef and a regional celebrity. He is the owner of the iconic Chicago fine-dining restaurant - A Tavola. Dan also has deep insights and expertise in using technology to help restaurant owners dramatically improve their menu profitability.

Dan works with RoboChef on sales, BD, and culinary techniques that allow our system to scale rapidly while maintaining food safety and quality.

Peter Nolan

Peter is a 20-year industry veteran with a passion for creating marketing programs that customers rave about. He began his career with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream as the National Integrated Marketing Manager for the quirky ice cream maker. Peter moved on to serve as the Director of Marketing for high-growth Potbelly Sandwich Works and as the Chief Brand Officer for the innovative Roti Mediterranean Grill.

Peter guides RoboChef’s consumer and industry facing branding and marketing efforts.

Satish Purushothaman

Satish has 20+ years’ experience as a technology leader and innovation champion. He is a recognized thought leader with a track record of implementing programs to reduce cost and increase business agility. Satish is currently leading the cloud modernization effort for AT&T’s vast application portfolio that enables data center consolidation. He has an M.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Satish provides guidance and resources to RoboChef in the areas of technology, connectivity and networking.

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Shantao Cao

Shantao is a junior engineer with expertise in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and robotics. He has an MS in Robotics from Northwestern University.

Shantao is responsible for developing AI and Vision-based robotics & Intelligent automation solutions for RoboChef.