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Gourmet Maestro is a system combination of Software & Hardware. The hardware is called Gourmet Maestro Temperature Controller, the heart of which is a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) Temperature Controller connected to a Modbus RS-485 network. The Gourmet Maestro Recipe & Control software is a Windows Software Cooking Application that runs in a User provided Personal Computer which connects to the PID controller via USB cable. The Temperature Controller includes an RTD Temperature sensor that the user inserts in their or our Cooker; and measures the temperature of the Cooker contents whose temperature value is fed back to the PID Controller that accurately controls the temperature of the Cooker Contents
A chef or experimenter simply chooses a Slow Cooker, Convection Toaster Oven, Fryer, Induction Heater, Process vessel or similar appliance that has simple Manual Control (no programmable-Membrane controls) The user then drops in the stainless steel RTD (Resistance Temperature Device) to measure Food or Liquid temperature;
connects the Gourmet Maestro Temperature Controller to a Computer via a USB cable and runs the Gourmet Maestro Windows Application Recipe Software.
Our System is designed to override the inherently inexpensive and inaccurate on/off temperature control used in these cookers and our system substitutes a Hardware PID Control Algorithm whose output is a Pulse Duration of 120 volt a/c Power that provides approximately a +- 0.5 Degree temperature control accuracy
Temperature RTD Probe
The Chef or Experimenter accesses the Gourmet Maestro’s recipes from a database of hundreds of Temperature-Time pair recipes; and then starts the cooking/heating process. The User is also able to Create New recipes or Import/export/edit/copy/save any existing recipe. The Gourmet Maestro recipe Software allows the User to add notes to individual recipes and add a photo of the recipe results. A Chef or Experimenter has the capability of conducting Ramp Soak temperature/time Experiments using either Time priority or Temperature priority Control during the Ramp/Soak profile cycles.
Our System allows he User to Automatically Tune their Cooker or heating vessel to any temperature or to a profile of temperatures to increase the controlabiliy and accuracy of the cooking process
Douglas E. Baldwin discusses Food Safety
Thomas keller discusses Sous Vide (under Vacuum cooking)
Jeff Potter discuss various Cooking methods