July 1st 2014
By Mike Flaminio
Developed by IBM, Chef Watson is a complex piece of software that essentially discovers and invents dishes, using what it's learned from Bon Appétit's 9,000-odd recipes, plus its own understanding of which chemical flavor compounds go together (and which don't). Through a Web app, Chef Watson had asked Perry for some basic inputs--a specific ingredient to use, a type of dish to create, a theme--and returned her a dizzying array of ingredient lists for her Fourth of July menu..
That's pretty cool. The version discussed here just give a list of ingredients and the cook needed to figure out how to assemble. Sort of like a version of the TV show Chopped. Apparently a newer version includes cooking instruction for the ingredients.