Cooking-based design challenge: “Pi Chef”

November 16, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Raspberry Pi, in collaboration with the electronic design community element14.com, has launched a new Design Challenge for designers and engineers called ‘Pi Chef.’

Element14’s biggest design challenge of the year, Pi Chef will allow fifteen sponsored challengers to use their creativity and the Raspberry Pi as their main ingredient to improve the culinary process. Projects should show how the Raspberry Pi can be used to advance the world of food, whether it is through kitchen safety, food sustainability, or the creation of new preparation methods. Potential entries could include an intelligent kitchen scale, a commercial-grade ripening container, or even a Fridge2Sofa IoT Beer delivery system.

Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media, element14 said: “We have asked our community members to create a variety of projects with the Raspberry Pi, from IoT devices for the home to science-fiction inspired gadgets. For this competition we are focussing on food.

Food has always been an important cultural touchstone but the increased availability of ingredients and new technology have elevated food and cooking into a sophisticated affair. Countless start-ups have appeared offering solutions for improving safety and enhancing the cooking experience. From Michelin-starred chefs to at-home gourmets, everyone is always on the lookout for a new device that will expand the possibilities of their kitchen.”

“The Raspberry Pi has proved itself in many areas since it was first launched, over 5 years ago – we have even seen a Raspberry Pi in space.  We are looking forward to introducing a new audience to the Raspberry Pi as challengers from the element14 community show how technology, built upon the Raspberry Pi, can enhance chefs’ experience in the kitchen”, commented Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.

Element14 will accept applications for the ‘Pi Chef’ Design Challenge until 1st December 2017. Fifteen official challengers will be announced on 15th December and will receive a complimentary kit containing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, 8MP Raspberry Pi Camera, Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, NXP Explore NFC Expansion board, 2.4” Touch Screen HAT, and Piface Digital 2. Each of the 15 challengers will provide weekly