About Us

Our Mission

Chinese cuisine is one of the most popular ethnic foods in the U.S. More than 42% of American adults consume Chinese cuisine a few times a year. With recent advancements in technology, robots and automation have great potential in Chinese restaurants. They can automate the food and beverage-making process, save money and human resources, enrich menus, reduce cooking errors, reduce food waste, and work 24/7 without a raise.

MiFood Tech is a kitchen robot startup that aims to provide automated solutions for Chinese restaurants and kitchens, and to reduce labor costs while maintaining a high quality of cuisine.

Meet the Team

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Mi Yan

  • MS in the Department of Natural Resources
  • Serial entrepreneur with two startups
  • Bachelor’s degree in material science and engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University
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Jimmy Zhang

  • M.Eng in System Engineering at University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Robotics and Economics
Photo of Team Member: Mokhtar Rajai

Mokhtar Rajai

  • CS undergrad at the College of Engineering minoring in business
  • Background in robotics, game design and machine learning
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Jack Ma

  • MMH student in Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration and MBA student at Kyoto University
  • Worked at Panda Express Restaurant as a General Manager
  • Bachelor’s degree of Food Business Management from The Culinary Institute of America
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Eli Vicarte

  • Undergrad majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and minoring in Robotics
  • Member of the Cornell Architectural Robotics Lab
  • Background in robotics, CAD design and fabrication, and MakerFaire showcases
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Zilian Wang

  • High school student in Qingdao No.2 Middle School
  • Internship experience in investment and marketing
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Raul Gamble

  • Cornell Hotel School graduate student
  • Served as Banquet Chef for MGM National Harbor
  • Classically trained with over 14 years of experience in Michelin Starred restaurants
  • Worked in Chicago, San Sebastián, and Modena
Photo of Team Member: Yingtong Li

Yingtong Li

  • Junior at Cornell University majoring in Hotel Administration and minoring In Information Science
  • Baking & Pastry Arts student at The Culinary Institute of America
  • F&B intern at Four Seasons Hotel STL