IBM's supercomputer Watson, after obliterating chess and Jeopardy champions, is now taking on culinary experts.
The free Chef Watson app takes the user's requested meal, style and ingredients, and concocts a recipe based on its knowledge of flavors that pair well.
Chef Watson had to undergo its own culinary training, called machine learning. It analyzed 10,000 recipes on Bon Appetit and looked for ingredients that often appeared together, and substituted ingredients.
I'm an adventurous eater, but I don't usually cook elaborate meals. So I wanted to try it for myself. To test Chef Watson, I followed the ingredients and steps as accurately as possible — but encountered a few surprises.
Scroll down to see how the experiment went.
After opening the app, I'm immediately already overwhelmed by choices. I look for a difficulty setting to simplify the process, but there's nothing. I'll search by style instead.
Hmm, a "Labor Day" recipe categories. There I find the gem "Labor Day Mayonnaise Meat Salad" with pineapple and mayonnaise. But I don't think I'd like that. Let's try Mexican?
Instead I find more meat salads...
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