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Inside the restaurant: How a fry cook robot holds the line for White Castle

June 14, 2022


Oil hissed as the White Castle fry cook lowered a basket full of chicken rings into the vat. Next, the cook pulled a basket of fries out of the fryer, letting hot oil drain off for a moment before dumping them at the station where fries are packed and served.

From there, the cook continued to load, drop and pull fryer baskets. It’s a tough job — repetitive, hot, and greasy. But this cook doesn’t pause or flinch at a splash of grease because, instead of skin and muscle, this cook is made of cast aluminum. Called Flippy 2, the robot worked with a mechanical whirl, unceasing, unbothered by the heat and the noise.

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