Mary-Ellen McTague takes on a Robot Chef for Manchester Science Festival!

Award-winning chef Mary-Ellen McTague is to pit her cooking skills against a robot at this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

By Ben Brown | 16 October 2017

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During the Robots Late event on Wednesday 25th October at the Museum of Science and Industry, Mary-Ellen will be pitted against Foxdog Studios’ Robot Chefin a battle that could very much decide the future of the human race as a whole.

The former Great British Menu judge has admitted that she is nervous about being “rendered obsolete” by her robot counterpart.

Along with finding out if our top chefs can be recreated in mechanical form, the event will also ask “are sausages best served from a cannon?” and “does it matter if an electromagnet touches your beans?”.

Mary-Ellen, the acclaimed human chef behind Aumbry and Manchester Art Gallery’s revamped cafe said: “I am feeling a bit nervous about going up against a robot. What if the robot is better than me? What if it goes into production and I am rendered obsolete? Although, the prospect of an early retirement has its appeal so maybe I’ll let the robot win…”

The event will also feature a robot barman pulling the perfect pint and a robot dance-off, plus find out where this incredible technology is headed and what this means for the human race.

There will also be the chance to see the blockbuster exhibition Robots, which features more than 100 robots from across the world and investigates humans’ 500-year quest to recreate themselves in mechanical form.

Doors open at 7pm, and the event runs until 10pm.
Tickets are free, but advance booking is recommended.