How the Mayo Clinic is tackling a ‘toastmaster’s table of food’
Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a way to use the Internet to provide fresh, local, and healthy food to people who have to do their own cooking.
The Mayo Clinic recently opened a new cooking lab, and it’s one of many clinics offering a range of services to people experiencing chronic illness.
The lab serves as a place for people to access free online resources, including recipes and cookbooks, and to create and test their own food recipes.
The Mayo Clinic partnered with food-technology startup Sprinklr to create a food lab called the Mayo Cookbook.
The goal of the lab is to make food delivery more convenient and affordable for people experiencing food deserts.
The team of researchers at the Mayo Institute for Food Science and Human Nutrition have spent years working with food providers and consumers to make the service even more accessible.
In the lab, they’ve developed a platform called the Sprinkler, which connects to the Mayo Cooking Lab and a smartphone app.
The app allows users to order a recipe online and then has it delivered to their home within 30 minutes, which the team says is significantly faster than ordering the food directly from the local food vendor.
“This allows people to choose a restaurant and make a small purchase and get that food delivered to them, in a way that is faster and easier than ordering a large quantity of food,” said Dr. Jennifer Murgatroyd, the Mayo Research Director.
“We are not trying to replace the restaurant but we want to be the place where people can get their food.”
The Sprinklers service is not yet available in all locations, but the Mayo team is working with Sprinklrs app partners in some of its early locations.
Sprinkrlr, which has raised $60 million in funding, will continue to build out its service to help people find fresh, locally sourced food and make healthier decisions about where to get their groceries.
“We are very excited about the Sproutler platform,” Murgitroyd said.
“It provides people with the opportunity to make a healthy, inexpensive, and delicious meal.
We are excited about what the future of Sprinkla can look like.”