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1. (WO2019033089) CONFIGURABLE COOKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS
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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A cooking appliance comprising:

a cooking chamber;

a plurality of heating elements operable to heat one or more food substances within the cooking chamber;

inputs operable to receive one or more system resources for the plurality of heating elements, each system resource having an associated budget;

control components operable to selectively regulate delivery of the one or more system resources to one or more of the heating elements;

a user interface operable to allocate one or more of the system resources to the plurality of heating elements within the budget associated with each allocated system resource; and

computing components comprising logic to ensure the control components deliver no more than the associated budget for each of the one or more system resources to the plurality of heating elements.

2. The cooking appliance of claim 1 , wherein one of the one or more system resources is power, current or energy.

3. The cooking appliance of claim 2, wherein one or more system resources comprises power and the control components comprise power control components; and wherein the power control components are operable to receive electrical power from an external resource and allocate the received electrical power between the plurality of heating elements to implement a heating algorithm, the power control components comprise power control logic for tracking power usage for each of the heating elements and selecting one of the plurality of heating elements for activation.

4. The cooking appliance of claim 2, wherein one or more system resources comprises power the control components are power control components; and wherein the power control components are operable to regulate received electrical power in accordance with system power constraints as indicated by the associated budget for the resource.

5. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the cooking chamber includes a plurality of cooking zones; and wherein the heating elements are selectively operable to heat one or more food substances within each of the plurality of cooking zones.

6. The cooking appliance of claim 5, wherein a heating algorithm is operable to distribute the associated budget for one or more system resources across multiple heating elements to selectively heat one or more food substances within each of a plurality of cooking zones, without exceeding the associated budget.

7. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the user interface provides an indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources.

8. The cooking appliance of claim 7, wherein the indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources comprises an indication of a remaining system resource budget and/or an indication of a current system usage during operation of one or more heating elements.

9. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the user interface does not provide an indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources.

10. The cooking appliance of claim 7, wherein the computing components are operable to project a recipe outcome based on user-configured allocation of system resources to the plurality of heating elements; and wherein the indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources includes an indication of an effect of the user-configured allocation of the system resource on the recipe outcome.

11. The cooking appliance of claim 10, wherein the computing components are further operable to adjust a heating algorithm in view of a projected recipe outcome and/or budgeted system resource status and wherein the indication to the user includes an adjusted cooking time and/or other recipe adjustments.

12. The cooking appliance of claim 1 1, wherein the computing components are further operable to facilitate user-configured allocation of a system resource to the plurality of heating elements to heat a plurality of zones within a multi-zone cooking chamber.

13. The cooking appliance of claim 1, wherein the interface facilitates user control of the heating elements and associated consumption of a system resource.

14. The cooking appliance of claim 1 , wherein the control components include logic and circuitry to facilitate automatic allocation of one or more system resources to the plurality of heating elements in accordance with the associated budget for one or more system resource budget and/or user settings.

15. The cooking appliance of claim 1 , wherein the heating elements comprise quartz-tungsten-halogen heaters.

16. The cooking appliance of claim 1 , wherein the computing components are further operable to execute a heating algorithm to cook at least one food substance in the cooking chamber, detect a state change of the at least one food substance, and modify the heating algorithm to reconfigure the system resources supplied to one or more heating elements in response to the state change and in accordance with system resource budget.

17. A method comprising:

receiving one or more system resources, each of the one or more system resources having an associate budget;

facilitating, via a user interface, user allocation of one or more of the system resources to a plurality of heating elements without exceeding any associated budget for one or more system resources;

applying the one or more system resources to the plurality of heating elements to heat one or more food substances within a cooking chamber; and

selectively regulating delivery of the one or more system resources to one or more of the heating elements such that no more than the associated budget of each of the one or more system resources is delivered to the plurality of heating elements.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein one of the one or more system resources is power, current or energy.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein one of the one or more system resources is power; wherein applying the one or more system resources to a plurality of heating elements comprises operating power control components to receive electrical power from an external resource and allocate the received electrical power between the plurality of heating elements to implement a heating algorithm; and wherein the power control components comprise power control logic for tracking power usage for each of the heating elements and selecting one of the plurality of heating elements for activation.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein one of the one or more system resources is power; and wherein applying the one or more system resources to the plurality of heating elements comprises operating power control components to regulate received electrical power in accordance with system power constraints as indicated by the associated budget.

21. The method of claim 17, wherein the cooking chamber includes a plurality of cooking zones; and wherein the heating elements are selectively operable to heat one or more food substances within each of the plurality of cooking zones.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein a heating algorithm is operable to distribute the associated budget of one or more system resources across multiple heating elements to selectively heat one or more food substances within each of a plurality of cooking zones, without exceeding the budget.

23. The method of claim 17, wherein the user interface provides an indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources.

24. The method of claim 23, wherein the indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources to the user comprises an indication of a remaining system resource budget and/or an indication of a current system usage during operation of one or more heating elements.

25. The method of claim 17, wherein the user interface does not provide an indication to the user of the associated budget of one or more system resources.

26. The method of claim 17, wherein the computing components are operable to project a recipe outcome based on user-configured allocation of a budgeted system resource to the plurality of heating elements; and wherein the indication of the associated budget of one or more system resource includes an indication of an effect of the user-configured allocation of the system resource on the recipe outcome.

27. The method of claim 26, wherein the computing components are further operable to adjust a heating algorithm in view of a projected recipe outcome and/or budgeted system resource status and wherein the indication includes an adjusted cooking time and/or other recipe adjustments.

28. The method of claim 27, wherein the computing components are further operable to facilitate user-configured allocation of a system resource to the plurality of heating elements to heat a plurality of zones within a multi-zone cooking chamber.

29. The method of claim 17, wherein the interface facilitates user control of the heating elements and associated consumption of a system resource.

30. The method of claim 17, wherein the control components include logic and circuitry to facilitate automatic allocation of one or more system resources to the plurality of heating elements in accordance with the associated budget and/or user settings.

31. The method of claim 17, wherein the heating elements comprise quartz-tungsten-halogen heaters.

32. The method of claim 17, wherein the computing components are further operable to execute a heating algorithm to cook at least one food substance in the cooking chamber, detect a state change of the at least one food substance, and modify the heating algorithm to reconfigure the system resources supplied to one or more heating elements in response to the state change and in accordance with the associated budgets for the system resources.