Karakuri picks McLaren’s former chief engineer as CTO to drive food robotics
Karakuri, the world-leading food robotics company, has appointed Dr Peter Schroder as Chief Technology Officer to drive its strategy and the creation of innovative robotics that will deliver the future of food.
With unmatched experience in developing new, ground-breaking technologies and applying them in a range of industries, Peter will be a valuable new addition to the Karakuri team. Peter will work alongside CEO and founder, Barney Wragg, as the startup further develops its DK-One robot – the world’s first robotic canteen – ahead of its pilot installation later this year. He will lead the engineering team as the company pushes the boundaries of how cutting-edge robotics is combined with state-of-the-art sensing and AI to transform how restaurants, canteens, hotels and supermarkets will produce and serve meals in a post-Covid world.
Peter has a proven track record of innovation in product development, engineering, data and analytics across multiple markets including Automotive, Motorsport, Transport, IOT, Aviation & Health. At McLaren Applied Peter was responsible for the design and development of a number of high-performance products that used Formula 1 technologies to disrupt other established markets. During his time as chief engineer for the Formula 1 team Peter oversaw the development and delivery of technologies across all aspects of car and race operations, including McLaren-Honda’s Formula 1 energy recovery system.
Barney Wragg, CEO and founder of Karakuri said, “At Karakuri, engineering innovation is at the heart of everything we do. To lead such a complex multi-disciplined engineering organisation requires a CTO with phenomenal people skills, a passion for driving change and innovation and unprecedented technical ability. Peter is the perfect fit for Karakuri, he brings that passion and enthusiasm and helps us accelerate our ability to build technology that will ultimately change how we interact with food as consumers.”
Speaking of the Karakuri team, Peter Schrodher added, “Karakuri ticked so many boxes for me when it came to moving on from Mclaren. This is a startup with the ambition and drive to develop an entirely new category of made-to-order healthy convenience food using the latest technologies across hardware and software. The achievements the team have made so far are amazing and I’m looking forward to upping the ante and pushing the innovation forward even further.”
Mike Muller, Karakuri’s current interim CTO and co-founder of ARM, will continue to support the company and remain a member of Karakuri’s board of directors.
Karakuri is the world-leading food robotics company, bringing the future of food to life, using innovative robotics with state-of-the-art machine learning and AI. The UK based technology company designs, manufactures and installs robotic automation systems for restaurants, commercial kitchens and caterers.
Born out of the Founders Factory incubator, Karakuri was founded by Simon Watt and Barney Wragg, two longtime friends and colleagues who previously worked together at ARM. In April 2018 Founders Factory invested in Karakuri and Brent Hoberman joined as co-founder and Chairman.