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1. WO2018129417 - OPERATING SYSTEM FOR A COOKING APPLIANCE

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A cooking appliance comprising:

a housing defining a cooking cavity;

one or more heating elements positioned inside the cooking cavity; and a controller for controlling the one or more heating elements, the controller including:

a processor and a memory, the memory adapted to receive and store instructions that when performed by the processor cause the one or more heating elements to perform one or more recipes for cooking food inside the cooking cavity;

wherein the one or more recipes include parameters for selecting one or more heating elements within the cooking cavity, a sequence of heat intensity and duration, and a total cooking time.

2. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance further comprises a user interface for receiving inputs including food type and brand, and the controller provides a list of suggested recipes based on the food type and brand.

3. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the parameters of the one or more recipes include starting time, relative starting time, intensity and duration of one or more primary heating elements, intensity and duration of one or more secondary heating elements, and spacing of the primary or secondary heating elements from the food.

4. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the one or more recipes are stored locally within a nonvolatile memory of the cooking appliance.

5. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the one or more recipes are received from a server accessible over a network.

6 The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance is adapted to receive a suggested recipe from a portable electronic device or personal computer.

7. The cooking application of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance is adapted to adjust a selected recipe before or after starting the recipe for cooking food, rating the recipe, and storing the recipe for later identification.

8. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance is adapted to receive a rating of a recipe after a cooking operation has been completed, and the controller is adapted to suggest another recipe based on the rating.

9. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the controller includes a learning feature that incorporate iterative optimization of the one or more recipes.

10. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the controller adjusts the one or more recipes in response detecting a trend of adjustments made by the cooking appliance when implementing the one or more recipes.

11. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the one or more heating elements include radiative heating elements comprising:

first and second terminals; and

one or more heating element segments extending between the first and second terminals, each heating element segment having a plurality of cutouts linked together, each cutout having an elliptical shape;

wherein the first and second terminals and the one or more heating element segments are a continuous sheet of material, and

the one or more heating element segments generate infrared radiation when a voltage is applied across the first and second terminals.

12. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance is a toaster, and the cooking cavity includes one or more bread slots.

13. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking appliance is a toaster oven, and further comprises a door for accessing and closing the cooking cavity.

14. The cooking appliance of claim 13, wherein the cooking cavity has an optimized width-to-height ratio range of about 1.75 : 1 to about 2: 1.

15. The cooking appliance of claim 14, further comprising a microwave or convection heating mechanism.

16. A method of optimizing the performance of a cooking appliance, the method comprising:

receiving an identification of a food item;

generating an ordered list of suggested recipes for cooking the identified food item, the ordered list of suggested recipes being based on a weighted score, each suggested recipe including parameters for selecting one or more heating elements of the cooking appliance, a sequence of heat intensity and duration, and a total cooking time; receiving a selected recipe;

monitoring adjustments made to the selected recipe before, during, or after the implementation of the selected recipe; and

updating the selected recipe based on adjustments made to the selected recipe.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

updating the selected recipe based on adjustments made before, during, or after the implementation of the selected recipe by users of other cooking appliances.

18. The method of claim 16, wherein the step of generating the ordered list of suggested recipes includes filtering the ordered list of suggested recipes based on brand, food type, ingredients, and whether frozen or unfrozen.

19. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

determining the weighted score based on ratings provided by users of other cooking appliances and a number of users who have rated the suggested recipe.

20. The method of claim 16, wherein the heat intensity corresponds to an infrared intensity, a microwave intensity, or a convection intensity.