AI Cooking Assistants: the Upcoming World of the Algorithmic Recipes

Discover how AI creates unique and unexpected recipes, and try making some yourself.

Zhanna Sarkisova
Market Researcher @ DataRoot Labs
11 Jul 2024
12 min read
AI Cooking Assistants: the Upcoming World of the Algorithmic Recipes

In the era of Artificial Intelligence revolutionizing almost all significant spheres of life cooking isn't an exception. This experience has become more personalized, efficient, innovative, and even time-saving (which is great for modern people who don't have extra time). Cuisine with AI isn't just about automating tasks or following preset recipes; it's about leveraging advanced algorithms to inspire creativity, optimize flavors, and widen the boundaries of gastronomy.

Let's check what AI brings to the table!

Recipe Generation

Recipe creation has been the "human" thing, relying on intuition, creativity, and trial and error. In many countries, the cookbook was a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation, and was supplemented with new additions and made thicker every year. However, AI has brought a new dimension to this process. With wide access to large databases of cooking instructions, ingredients, and flavor profiles, this technology can generate innovative recipes that push the boundaries of conventional cuisine. By processing food preparation instructions and identifying patterns, intelligent systems can suggest unique meal creation techniques, ingredients, and savor combinations that human chefs may have omitted.

For instance, IBM's Chef Watson, a cognitive cooking assistant, utilizes natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to create novel methods. Chef Watson can generate recipes that unexpectedly balance taste, texture, and aroma by understanding ingredients' chemical composition and palate affinities. This sparks culinary creativity and encourages the exploration of diverse cuisines and ingredients.

How Chef Watson Works

How Chef Watson Works

Here are a few more AI-powered recipe generators:

  • Let's Foodie — has a vast list of recipes spanning various cuisines and cultures.
  • ChefGPT — a platform that combines the art of meal creation with artificial intelligence prowess. Has 5 different modes: Pantrychef, Masterchef, Macroschef, Mealplanchef, and Pairperfect.
  • FoodAI — a simple-to-use site. Just click on the ingredient icons you want in your recipe. Then, once you've done this, you can customize your recipe by giving FoodAI more information.
  • Healthy Chef — a culinary guide, crafting recipes while providing visual and nutritional insights. This GPT in ChatGPT is designed for health-conscious individuals and gastronomic enthusiasts, blending the art of cooking with nutritional science.
  • DishGen — a revolutionary AI-powered recipe generator. Enter your desired ingredients, recipe ideas, or dietary preferences and an advanced algorithm will instantly craft a unique recipe just for you.

Personalized Cooking Experience

One of the most impressive things about meal creation with cutting-edge technology is how it can make your culinary adventures feel tailor-made. While using advanced techniques like data crunching and user feedback, AI systems can whip up instructions that fit your taste, dietary needs, and health goals like a pro. Whether you are vegan, gluten-free, or sticking to a strict diet, smart technology can hook you up with recipes that tick all your boxes.

Food intelligence platforms like Innit and SideChef are rocking the kitchen with AI-powered cooking companions. These digital friends walk you through every part of culinary art, from choosing recipes that suit you to showing you the ropes step by step. They even give real-time tips based on what you've got in your kitchen. With machine learning smarts, these helpers get better at dishing out advice the more you use them, making your time in the kitchen even more awesome.

Innit FoodLM — the world's first Generative AI platform integrating expert validation of diet, cooking, and healthy eating requirements

Innit FoodLM — the world's first Generative AI platform integrating expert validation of diet, cooking, and healthy eating requirements

AI-Powered Meal Planning Apps

AI-powered diet-planning apps analyze user preferences, dietary restrictions, and ingredients to suggest personalized recipes, thus minimizing waste. If it's unavoidable, it offers creative ways to repurpose leftovers.

Automated Intelligence also helps to plan eatables with proper portion sizes, generating accurate shopping lists without spending more than required.

MealMate is one of many AI-based tools that transform how a person plans ration. With the rise of health consciousness and the need for personalized diet plans, MealMate offers a unique solution that caters to diverse dietary preferences, budgets, and time constraints. Developed by BuildAI, a brand dedicated to making intelligent technology accessible to businesses without requiring technical expertise, MealMate exemplifies the simplicity and power of AI-driven applications. The service empowers users to generate balanced, nutritious, and delicious weekly meal plans with just a few inputs, streamlining the diet planning process.

Diet Tracking by MealMate

Diet Tracking by MealMate

Recently a digital health company Noom that helps people live healthier, happier lives, launched a new feature — AI Food Logging, which makes meal tracking a breeze. Users can simply snap or upload a photo of their meal, and advanced technology will automatically detect and identify the ingredients and quantities, streamlining the logging process. Users can edit, add, or swap ingredients to customize their entries.

Another relevant case is the AI healthy cooking assistant made by DRL's team for the meal planning platform. This platform offers meal preps, recipes, and personalized dietitian consultations to help individuals achieve their nutritional goals. With a comprehensive database of curated recipes and meal plans, this platform guides users toward healthier eating habits.

AI-Powered Cooking Voice Assistants

AI-powered Voice Assistants (VA) provide hands-free operation by voice activation and interactive recipe building. They eliminate your need to touch gadgets or cookbooks by offering step-by-step assistance, ingredient measurements, and preparing timings.

With Voice control and commands, it's easy to operate connected devices like microwaves, coffee makers, cookers, and ovens. VAs help you make shopping lists, keep track of supplies, and make culinary recommendations depending on what products you have in your fridge.

They connect with other kitchen smart devices or appliances for autonomous control. Users then convert measures and get gastronomical advice while prepping food. All these functions are available in the Home Connect Device, a smart speaker powered by the voice assistant Alexa.

Home Connect kitchen device powered by Alexa

Home Connect kitchen device powered by Alexa

Flavor and Texture Optimization

One of the most interesting perks of AI in culinary is its ability to optimize flavor and texture profiles. By analyzing sensory data and consumer preferences, algorithms can identify optimal parameters for cooking, ingredient proportion, and palate composition to boost the overall food experience.

Gastronomic companies and restaurants increasingly leverage AI-driven technologies to develop innovative food products and menu items. By harnessing machine learning algorithms, these businesses can predict consumer trends, optimize ingredient sourcing, and streamline production processes. This enables them to deliver exceptional quality and consistency.

Understanding how people taste is one thing, but at the Chilean food-tech company NotCo, their supertasting AI chef Guiseppe senses on a different level. Their most popular product, NotMilk, was created by analyzing the molecular structure of hundreds of plants to create a product similar to cows' milk. What human being could've predicted that a drink from pineapple and cabbage could be milky?

NotMilk, created by NotCo’s AI Chef Giuseppe

NotMilk, created by NotCo’s AI Chef Giuseppe

Another amazing case is wine-tasting AI, created at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Researchers say it can taste and identify wines with over 95% accuracy. To develop the AI's virtual palate, experts assigned 13 attributes to characterize wines, including alcohol, ash, magnesium, alkalinity, and color and trained the network on 148 wine samples from different grape varieties. Perhaps, it can be the next feature for our Wine Consultant.

Grocery Assistance and Food Waste Reduction

AI makes shopping easier by optimizing and organizing it. Based on your requirements and tastes, it creates shopping lists. Advanced technology informs you about the nutritional value of edibles and suggests better alternatives to foods you may be missing or unable to consume.

Smart fridges use artificial intelligence algorithms to keep track of what you have and what might need to be topped up. This reduces product waste and ensures the fridge is filled with the necessary products.

Through the use of intelligent food storage systems and AI-driven meal planning apps, smart technology significantly reduces waste. This will help you maximize your use of ingredients and make informed decisions about your nourishment intake. It also creates a more sustainable system, saving food and money simultaneously.


  • In smart storage systems, AI monitors product expiration dates, sending alerts for timely consumption or disposal.
  • It tracks inventory and suggests recipes based on available ingredients, minimizing waste.
  • AI also recommends optimal storage conditions for different goods, extending shelf life and preserving freshness.

Samsung unveiled at CES24 their smart fridge with some interesting AI features, including an internal camera that can identify individual pieces of food and a connected app that can suggest recipes based on your stock.

Samsung Bespoke 4-Door Flex Refrigerator with AI Family Hub Plus

Samsung Bespoke 4-Door Flex Refrigerator with AI Family Hub Plus

Challenges and Ethical Considerations

Despite its huge potential, culinary activities with Artificial Intelligence still pose challenges and ethical considerations. As AI algorithms become more proficient, there's a risk of excessive dependence on technology, which may downplay the role of human creativity and intuition in the kitchen. Besides, concerns regarding data privacy, algorithmic bias, and food safety must be addressed to ensure the responsible evolution of autonomous systems in cuisine applications.

Also, there's a need for greater transparency and accountability in AI-assisted recipe generation. This must ensure that diverse communities' cultural and gastronomic heritage is respected and preserved. By fostering collaboration between smart technology developers, chefs, and gastronomic enthusiasts, we can harness the power of digital intelligence to enrich our culinary experiences. This approach allows us to uphold culinary traditions and values.

P.S.: Speaking about your food security. No one in the office or at home will steal your snacks anymore: the Tillamook, an ice cream brand, has released a special screen that makes things behind it invisible. Your yogurts, ice cream, and cakes are now protected!

Culinary powered with AI represents a groundbreaking intersection of technology and gastronomy, offering limitless possibilities for cooking innovation and creativity. From generating fresh-from-the-oven recipes to personalizing gastronomic experiences and optimizing flavor profiles, AI is changing our approach to food and meal creation. As we continue exploring this horizon, it's essential to find a balance between technological breakthroughs and culinary tradition. We must ensure that AI enriches our dining experiences while honoring global cuisine's cultural heritage and diversity.

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Zhanna Sarkisova
Market Researcher @ DataRoot Labs
Zhanna, market researcher and lead generator at DataRoot Labs. She identifies market trends and generates high-quality leads to drive business growth. Alongside her core responsibilities, Zhanna is pivotal in sales strategic planning and market analysis. She also contributes to the company's content strategy with market reports, articles, and blog posts that highlight industry trends and showcase DataRoot Labs' expertise.
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