At the San Francisco restaurant Creator, cheeseburgers are made entirely by a new autonomous machine. When I ask how a startup launching one eatery at a time could become a $10 billion company, Creator co-founder and CEO Alex Vardakostas looks me dead in the eye and says, “the market is much bigger than that.”








Link to the latest WSJ news story about fast food automation: This Burger Bot Makes Your Lunch With No Human Help



  • to grate sth – reduce (food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater
  • to grind sthreduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it
  • crust – the tough outer part of a loaf of bread
  • to keep paceto develop or progress at the same rate as something else
  • to charbroil – grill (food, especially meat) on a rack over charcoal
  • to tinker (with sth) – attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way
  • glimpse – a momentary or partial view
  • to tackle – make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task)

Watch and listen

Answer the questions below.

  • What is America’s greatest culinary delight? (00:20)
  • What will Creator do and how? (00:35)
  • How much will the burgers cost? (01:40)
  • What problems does the machine solve? (01:50)
  • What does the owner of Corner Bistro say in reaction? (02:50)


Practice Makes Perfect


Fill in the blanks with the active or passive form of the verb Go to: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/21/creator-hamburger-robot/ to find out more.


Here’s how Creator’s burger-cooking bot 1______(work) at its 680 Folsom Street location in San Francisco.

Once you order your burger style through a human concierge on a tablet, a compressed air tube 2______(push) a baked-that-day bun into an elevator on the right.

It’s 3______(saw) in half by a vibrating knife before 4______(be) toasted and buttered as it’s 5______(lower) to the conveyor belt. Sauces measured by the milliliter and spices by the gram are automatically 6______(squirt) onto the bun. Whole pickles, tomatoes, onions and blocks of nice cheese get slices 7______(shave) off just a second before they’re 8______(drop) on top.

Meanwhile, the robot 9______(grind) hormone-free, pasture-raised brisket and chuck steak to order. But rather than mash them all up, the strands of meat hang vertically and are lightly 10______(press) together. They 11______(form) a loose but auto-griddleable patty that’s then 12______(plop) onto the bun before the whole package 13______(slide) out of the machine after a total time of about five minutes.


1. works 2. pushes 3. sawed 4. being 5. lowered 6. squirted 7. shaved 8. dropped 9. grinds 10. pressed 11. form 12. plopped 13. slides


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