The drive to optimize the ingredient-to-table process and the customer experience in the food services industry is creating increased demand for transformative technologies. Specific focus areas include decreasing customer wait times, accommodating web-based delivery services, improving the dine-in experience, and increasing overall kitchen efficiency. This white paper, geared toward engineering managers and design engineers building products for the food services industry, will explore the major challenges and technologies addressing focus areas such as operator enhancing interfaces, cloud and mesh connected devices, and enhanced controls such as e-AI (embedded Artificial Intelligence).