Belgian bacon pudding? Or would you prefer an Austrian chocolate burrito? Released this April, recipe book ‘Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson’ certainly suggests a few challenging ingredient pairings. However these appear less surprising when you discover they’ve been created by a computer.
But not just any computer. Watson is IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system, capable of responding to questions in natural language, of learning from its experiences and from its interactions with humans. What’s known as cognitive computing.
In collaboration with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), Watson has come up with more than 65 recipes featuring ‘unconventional ingredient concepts’. These include other delights such as Creole shrimp-lamb dumplings, hoof-and-honey ale and Vietnamese apple kebab.
Hopefully, Watson hasn’t also learned to mimic the temperament of human chefs – by swearing in French and throwing hot pans across the kitchen.