Timothy Chen loads ingredients into the robot chef device Cooki
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Meet the personal robot chef

A US start up is hoping to bring restaurant-quality food into kitchens with a robot doing the cooking.

The idea behind Cooki is that users insert a tray of fresh ingredients into the device. The robotic arm then chops, slices, and cooks it all, to provide what the company says is a consistent and nutritious meal every time. It connects to a smartphone which provides a list of recipes.

But is this "cooking bot" taking all the art out of cooking? And is it really a viable alternative to pre-prepared ready meals?

The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor witnessed a prototype of Cooki in action, and spoke to Timothy Chen, from Sereneti Kitchen, the company behind the contraption.

You can follow Richard on Twitter @RichTaylorBBC.

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