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Brief Published: 26 Feb 2019

Smart Oven & Connected Fridge for Office Workers

Extra
The Level Up Oven

Looking to replace unhealthy vending machines and microwave lunches in the workplace, San Francisco start-up Markov has launched Level Hot Pantry, a smart oven and food delivery service designed for office workers.

Seeking to replace unhealthy vending machines and microwave lunches in the workplace, San Francisco start-up Markov has launched Level Hot Pantry, a smart oven and food delivery service designed for office workers.

The company provides a fridge which it regularly restocks with a variety of mix-and-match proteins such as Tuscan short rib, vegetables and carbohydrates like kimchi rice, as well as vegan options such as Impossible Food's meatless meatballs and vegan scrambled egg. It also provides paleo and gluten-free options.

Everything can be prepared in the cloud-connected Level smart oven, which uses a patented radio frequency system which can detect the food placed in the oven, cooking it for the correct amount of time and at the right temperature. According to Markov's chief executive Leonard Speiser, the concept is designed for companies with 30-300 staff who want to offer a healthier, higher-quality lunch alternative without having to invest in the types of cafeterias offered by big firms. Google workers, for example, can dine for free from more than 30 different cafes, restaurants and vendors.

Speiser said: "It would be great if all companies could offer Google programmes, but most don't have the space. We took our technology and partnered with the food service industry to provide smaller companies with a little slice of the Google experience in their own office kitchenette."

This service is a key extension to our thinking around the elevation of office eating, as discussed in Post-Kitchen Lifestyles (part of our Kitchen of the Future Industry Trend) and Smart Sustenance. See also New Food Roles and Rituals for insights into how cooking habits and mealtimes are changing.

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