Nomiku's CEO and master maker Lisa Fetterman tells the story behind Nomiku...
Nomiku is the most state of the art thing that you can own in your kitchen. It’s the smallest immersion circulator ever, with a unique heating element that never burns out. My husband, our CTO, and I made it together. He comes from a physics background, with a doctorate in plasma physics. So if you can imagine Tony Stark making a kitchen appliance, this would be it. My background is that I worked for my heroes, the top chefs in the world: Jean-Georges, Mario Batali, Joshua Skenes of Saison. I also have a background in journalism, as an editor at Hearst.
In 2010, my husband and I were dead broke in the lower east side of New York. I was lamenting about how food never tastes the same when I cook it at home; I just couldn’t get that restaurant quality. There was one thing that made a big difference: the immersion circulator. Back then it was this huge, hulking thing for thousands of dollars. Totally inaccessible. And he said: “you know, we could just make one ourselves.” With hardware finds, we created our first prototype and cooked an egg at 64 degrees Celsius. When you do that, the yolk actually coagulates before the whites. You open it and its cooked inside-out. It tastes like liquid sunshine.
The next step was to make some for our friends and family. We created a bunch of these machines, and I watched in awe as one of our friends who usually burned water, could make a restaurant-quality meal with our machine. We saw this and knew it was a game changer for home cooks. We quit our jobs, made a polished model, and put it on Kickstarter. It became the number one most-funded project in the food category, and since then we’ve raised over $1.3 million through two Kickstarter projects.
The Making of Nomiku...
Wipop Bam Suppipat, Co-Founder and industrial designer for the team.
Bam demonstrates to some of the factory engineers.
Lisa with the toolmakers.
Bam working side-by-side with Nomiku builders.
Preproduction units, to test that all parts fit together and every worker is familiar with the process.
Bam with the first finished Nomiku.
Thank you from our entire team!