I love to cook, and consider myself to be pretty adept in the kitchen. But I doubt I would have come up with ideas like these on my own:
- Spicy Tomato Gazpacho with Ginger
- Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
- Scallops with Tomato Relish and Green Tomato Consomme
In fact, no human came up with these ideas on their own. They were developed by some avid home cooks working with our recently announced app, “Chef Watson with Bon Appetit.” We recently held a “recipe challenge” to see what creative dishes people could make using tomatoes. You can get the recipes for the three winners I’ve listed here on BonAppetit.com.
The app, currently in beta, is powered by IBM Watson technology and Bon Appétit’s culinary knowledge as embodied in its database of 9.000 recipes. The app allows the home chef to draw on Watson’s advanced cognitive capabilities to create entirely new recipes and gastronomic combinations that have never been conceived previously. And of course, this technology is a perfect match for the IBM Cloud, which is where Chef Watson resides.
Looking for something interesting and different to do with that beautiful eggplant you saw at the farmer’s market? Ask Chef Watson. Trying to use the ingredients you have in your fridge, but tired of the same old, same-old? Ask Chef Watson. Want to impress your friends with your culinary creativity? Chef Watson can help. When we announced the app in June, we had no idea how creative our users would be, but they’ve really seized the opportunity to stretch their culinary legs.
The app is the next step in the evolution of our cognitive cooking technology, which was introduced by IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) earlier this year with the Watson Food Truck at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The demonstration brought together Watson’s learning and natural language capabilities with top chefs to delight the palates of local attendees. It’s an incredibly cool application of cognitive technology.
The system gleans insights about ingredient pairings, cooking styles, and dishes by reading recipes. It combines these insights with information about food chemistry, hedonic psychophysics (the psychology of what people find pleasant and unpleasant), and regional and ethnic cooking. And it uses all of this knowledge to generate ingredient combinations that it thinks will be both surprising and delicious.
Since SXSW, the technology has been refined and tailored for home use, and is now being made available to a select group beta users through our partnership with Bon Appetit. If interested, you canvisit this site for the opportunity to join in. But realize that this is no ordinary application – we’re putting the power of cognitive computing into the hands of home chefs to inspire their creativity and help them to discover new recipes that have never been imagined before.
Our goal in this project is to help people understand the potential in the new era of computing – the era of cognitive systems. These systems are designed to augment the human ability to create and discover new insights. They ingest vast quantities of data, learn from their interactions with people and information, reason, make recommendations, and relate to humans in ways that are more natural to us.
I’m amazed at the new culinary creations our beta community has been able to come up with by using the app. I can’t wait to see more recipes that our users create using Chef Watson.
To find out how Chef Watson was developed, visit: Smarter Planet Blog: Bon Appétit Discovers Culinary Creativity with IBM Watson
To learn more, visit ibm.com/cloud or join the conversation at #ibmcloud.