A recent supper club in Josh Haynes' apartment in Birmingham, Ala. Ashley Cleek for NPR hide caption

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Chef Eric Ziebold (center left) works with his kitchen staff at CityZen in Washington, D.C., in 2012. CityZen closed in 2014 when Ziebold left to open his own restaurant. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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These robotic arms are part of a modular kitchen that's been set up so that the robot chef can find exactly what it needs. Moley Robotics hide caption

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Chef Homaro Cantu holds a tomato in the kitchen of his Chicago restaurant Moto in 2007. Haute cuisine and extreme science collided in the kitchen of Chef Cantu, who took his own life Tuesday. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazilian fruits, including jambu and tapereba (lower right), displayed for a gathering of chefs in Sao Paolo. Paula Moura for NPR hide caption

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A peek inside the kitchen of Next, an early adopter of the ticket system that's replacing reservations at some restaurants. Courtesy of Christian Seel hide caption

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Gene Davis' Apricot Ripple; ArgosIsland's untitled photo submitted via Twitter. Gene Davis/Smithsonian American Art Museum; ArgosIsland/Twitter hide caption

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Charlie Trotter at his restaurant in Chicago in 2012. Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP Photo hide caption

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Ricker's grilled eggplant salad with egg and dried shrimp. Austin Bush hide caption

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Chef Mike Isabella, who owns three restaurants in Washington, D.C., came up with the Fit for Hope weight loss challenge for his peers in the restaurant industry. Donald Bowers/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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A view inside the kitchen at chef Peter Hoffman's farm-to-table restaurant, Back Forty West, in New York's Soho neighborhood. Simon Doggett/Flickr hide caption

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Chef Jose Andres at his avant garde Minibar restaurant in Washington. Andres' experiments with gelatins have helped make him one of the most innovative chefs in the country.

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