The year is 2030, and dinner’s almost ready. Your frying pan texts you that the burger you’re cooking is seared to perfection. You start making a salad, using some greens from the growing pods on your windowsill. Then the screen on your pantry lets you know your avocado is perfectly ripe. Your health monitor sensed you were low in omega-3 fatty acids and potassium when it did your morning scan, but this meal should fix that.
This is what cooking in the future could look like, according to Morgaine Gaye, a food futurologist in London. As technology evolves, our kitchens and appliances will get increasingly “smarter,” capable of delivering nutrition customized to your needs. Everything will be connected, says Gaye, who advises companies on food trends.
In addition to cooking gadgets and sensors, the way food is stored will get smarter too. High-tech pantries and refrigerators will have smart containers that keep track of their contents so they can automatically order more when food is running low or about to expire.