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Sacramento chef launches Michelin Minivan, a ‘Michelin-quality’ food delivery service

J.D. Snead calls the Michelin Minivan a “quarantine baby.”

Before the pandemic started, Snead cooked at Kasbah — a Middle Eastern eatery in midtown — and bartended at the Shady Lady saloon. But like many workers in the restaurant industry, he was out of a job once the stay-at-home order arrived in mid-March.

“I just kept cooking for my sanity,” said Snead.

He made chicken adobo, a dish that pays homage to his Filipino-Scottish roots; he ventured into Italian food, Hawaiian poke and Korean barbecue. Soon, he realized he could be “selling these plates just to have some stream of revenue, whether it’s like 10 bucks a day, 20 bucks a day.”

And so, in late April, the Michelin Minivan was born — a local food delivery service that, according to its Facebook page, “supplies you with Michelin-quality food for a very affordable price.” Its offerings are always changing, with

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Meet Flippy, White Castle’s new robot chef that can fry food and flip burgers

White Castle will test Flippy at a White Castle restaurant this fall.
White Castle will test Flippy at a White Castle restaurant this fall.

Courtesy of White Castle

  • White Castle announced on Tuesday that it plans to test a cooking robot named Flippy in the kitchen of at least one White Castle this fall.

  • Flippy is built by Miso Robotics, and can fry food, flip burgers, and more. It’s already used in stadiums, venues, and restaurants like the Dodger Stadium.

  • The White Castle and Miso collaboration has been in the works for a year, but the pandemic sped up the fast-food chain’s push for automation due to delivery demand and a move toward contactless cooking.

  • White Castle’s vice president, Jamie Richardson, told Business Insider that Flippy won’t replace human employees. Instead, Richardson said that Flippy will free up time for employees to focus on fulfilling delivery orders.

  • To see Flippy in action, watch the video below.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more

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