Man invents robot noodle chef
A Chinese restaurateur and chef has invented a robot to make shaved noodles.
Cui Runquan, 35, who left school at the age of 15, has patented his invention which he calls Chef Cui.
And it could now go into mass production under a proposed deal with a manufacturer.
Cui, of Dongguan village, Yanyuan County, Hebei Province, came up with the idea while working in his restaurant.
"All day long, I used to work beside a pot of boiling water, shaving noodles by hand and pouring them in," he explained.
"It's hot and steamy work and I thought how wonderful it would be if I could build a robot to do it for me."
Chef Cui is the fourth version of his robot. It works on the same principle as a set of windscreen wipers, shaving with up and down movements.
"The design of the blades integrates the best angle and positions of a real human chef. This way the robot can perform good and efficient work," added Cui.
He is now in talks with a Beijing-based company about mass producing the robot which he believes could begin as soon as March.
"My dream is that one day everybody will eat shaved noodles made by my robot," said Cui.