How does Ollie AI create its recipes?

How Does Ollie AI Create Its Recipes?

The most frequently asked question we get about Ollie is: how does Ollie create its recipes? Simply, Ollie writes every recipe uniquely for you. Behind that simple answer is a complex system of artificial intelligence that is refined and trained to understand your preferences. Before we dive into the technology behind Ollie, let’s first remember the long history of traditional recipe creation. 

The Art of Traditional Recipe Creation

For centuries, the process of creating recipes has been both an art and a science, passed down through generations, and meticulously refined by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

The spark for a new recipe often begins with inspiration, whether its seasonal ingredients, a specific cuisine, a memorable dining experience, or the desire to recreate a beloved family dish.

With an idea in mind, the cook works to select the right ingredients. Core ingredients define the dish, while supporting ingredients enhance flavor, texture, and nutritional value. 

A well-crafted recipe balances different flavors—sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. This balance is achieved through careful seasoning with herbs, spices, and other flavor enhancers.

Preparation and cooking techniques are selected based on the desired outcome and the nature of the ingredients. This includes methods like chopping, marinating, sautéing, grilling, and baking.

Recipes are rigorously tested and refined. Recognized recipe leaders like America’s Test Kitchen and The New York Times have internal test kitchens and work through recipes to make adjustments based on taste tests, tweaking ingredient quantities, cooking times, and techniques to perfect the dish.

Once perfected, the recipe is documented with clear instructions and measurements. It’s then shared through cookbooks, blogs, or word of mouth, often accompanied by serving suggestions and personal anecdotes.

Traditional recipe creation is a labor of love, requiring creativity, knowledge, and meticulous attention to detail.

How Ollie Generates Recipes

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) has enabled us to build on this long history of cooking to create recipes that are highly personalized. But how does Ollie do this?

It Starts With the History

AI models are trained on vast datasets containing thousands of recipes, culinary texts, cooking techniques, ingredient lists, and flavor profiles from diverse cuisines. This extensive training allows AI to understand the patterns and relationships in recipe creation. Ollie goes further to create a collection of agents that become specialists in recipe creation, giving them a more nuanced understanding of gastronomy and your particular needs based on your profile.

The Recipe Is Created for You

When you request a recipe through Ollie, Ollie takes special care to take your profile into account. Ollie’s state-of-the-art intelligence is a collection of highly specialized agents that work for you to bring a diverse range of tastes, check them against your health preferences, needs for that day, allergies, dislikes and special requests to create a recipe that is written just for you. 

It Continues to Improve 

Unlike traditional recipes, the power of AI enables you to instantly refine a recipe. If a recipe you cooked was too light on sauce or you substituted an ingredient, you can instantly refine the recipe to reflect your tastes and preferences. 

The truth is, we all adjust our recipes to suit our own needs. Have you ever seen the comment thread on a recipe website? Ollie gives you the chance to make a recipe your own and then save it that way. 

You have the world’s culinary history at your fingertips, and a custom recipe is just a message away. Best of all, if you are short on ideas or time, AI solves that challenge in seconds by delivering instant recipes and meal plans that are refined for your taste. 

Example: Ollie AI-Generated Recipe

User Request: Create a quick vegetarian dinner with mushrooms.

Coconut Curry Ramen with Mushrooms and Bok Choy


Full recipe generated by

This fast, flavorful meal features ramen noodles served in a creamy coconut milk and red curry broth with tender mushrooms and bok choy, garnished with fresh green onions.
prep 12 minutes
cook 15 minutes
Print Recipe


  • 8 ounces ramen noodles
  • 2 cans 28 ounces coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Green onions sliced, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • In a pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add bok choy and cook until slightly wilted.
  • Stir in curry paste and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Pour in coconut milk and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add ramen noodles to the pot and cook according to package instructions or until tender.
  • Serve the ramen hot, garnished with sliced green onions.

Your Personal Chef 

The traditional method of recipe creation is a timeless practice rooted in cultural heritage and culinary artistry. But finding those recipes and planning them around your family’s preferences and busy schedule is hard work. AI has enabled us to build on this history to meet the needs of our busy lives.

Ollie takes it a step further, acting as your personal chef, to combine the power of personalized recipes with a friendly app so that the work of finding healthy, delicious recipes is done for you. With Ollie, you have more time for the moments that matter.

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