October 11, 2022
LBX Food Robotics, which develops hot food vending systems, has announced teaming up with Buddy Valastro, celebrity chef from “Cake Boss” and owner of The Boss Cafe by Buddy Valastro restaurant. The partnership will offer customized Bake Xpress hot food kiosks to serve foods from Valastro’s restaurant, which opened in April in Las Vegas.
The first two machines are co-located at the LINQ Hotel + Experience with The Boss Cafe, which offers casual dining inspired by East Coast neighborhood delis. The custom-branded Bake Xpress machines currently bake several bakery-style pizzas, and are open 24 hours a day.
Bake Xpress is a compact vending unit that combines robotic, AI, sensor, wireless, and software technologies with infrared, convection, and microwave heating to custom bake a variety of meals and pastries on demand, LBX Food Robotics said. With a customizable menu ranging from croissants and muffins to pasta, pizza, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and refrigerated foods like salads, Bake Xpress provides 24/7 access to food consumers demand, and is a significant upgrade to traditional vending options. LBX was founded in 2015 as Le Bread Xpress, and the company said it has installed Bake Xpress kiosks in universities, hotels, hospitals, retail centers, factories and office parks worldwide, with machines in continuous operation for more than three years.
“Our customers crave our food outside of normal operating hours, so we had to get creative on how we could meet those demands in a 24/7 place like Vegas,” said Valastro. “Bake Xpress is the only solution that delivers the quality I require. The fact that we are selling out multiple times a day and setting sales records proves that our vision was spot on. We are the first restaurant to have this 24/7 robotic option, and it is another example of how we are leading the charge with the latest innovations in the food industry. We’re looking forward to continuing to expand to bring our amazing food to more people.”
While The Boss Cafe Bake Xpress machines currently offer a selection of pizzas from the traditional restaurant’s menu, Valastro said he intends to expand the machines’ menus. Bake Xpress custom bakes each item within 60-190 seconds at the time of order in a smart oven that uses a precisely tuned combination of microwave, convection and infrared baking technologies to properly heat, brown and crisp each item. The kiosk can also serve chilled foods like salads.
“We are thrilled to partner with one of the most prominent and innovative restauranteurs in the food industry today,” said Benoit Herve, founder and CEO of LBX Food Robotics. “Buddy has very high and specific requirements for his foods and was not going to compromise quality for convenience. Bake Xpress’ unique baking capabilities were able to replicate the in-restaurant experience to Buddy’s exacting standards.”
For more information on the Bake Xpress systems, visit the LBX Food Robotics website here.