Published on 03/10/2023
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Aston University engineering graduate launches first AI powered grill
Suraj Sudera


  • Graduate Suraj Sudera created an AI powered grill to cook the perfect steak.
  • His love of engineering led him to create the device called Perfecta™ 
  • He founded Birmingham based start-up SEERGRILLS which applies AI and advanced technologies to improve cooking.

An Aston University engineering graduate has created the world’s first AI powered grill.

Suraj Sudera has created a cooking device called Perfecta™ which cooks the perfect steak in 90 seconds.

Suraj graduated from Aston University in 2015 with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and again in 2018 with an MSc Ophthalmic Engineering. 

He initially worked for Aston University spinout, EYOTO, which develops medical devices. He worked his way up to vice president of engineering, before setting up, and then selling, another company.

However, it was his love of engineering and product development that sparked his ‘light bulb’ moment which led him to create an AI powered grill which can cook food to an individual’s exact preference.

He founded SEERGRILLS, a Birmingham based start-up, which applies AI and advanced technologies to improve cooking.

Suraj said: “We noticed there is often difficulty and inconsistency in cooking food; it’s mostly always overcooked and dry, taking a long time. 

“So, we decided to use our skills and knowledge to apply AI to cook the perfect steak and set up SEERGRILLS.

“We developed our first product called Perfecta™ which is the world’s first AI powered grill, the world’s fastest grill, the world’s most intelligent grill and the world’s most efficient grill.”

The device is powered by NeuralFire™ technology, which is AI combined with a proprietary cooking system which can cook more than 50 types of food in under three minutes.

AI calculates the time needed to cook the food based on size, surface area and fat content, and the burners adapt as needed.

Suraj’s Birmingham-based company now employs 48 people, many of whom are Aston University alumni, and his product is available to pre-order in the US.

Suraj said as well as providing him with an education his time at Aston University helped grow his technical skillset and demonstrated to him the importance of networking. 

He said: “Creating a company or a product is a bit like putting a man on the moon. One has to visualise the future, and then work backwards, breaking down the journey into its most fundamental components and organise these in a pragmatic way which balances priority, cost and resource. 

“Think of a five-dimensional moving jigsaw puzzle in your head - It gets very difficult very quickly, therefore planning, focus, hard work and grit are essential. 

“Equally, serendipity and networking are powerful, so exploring, constantly learning and putting yourself in new situations can be pivotal. Entrepreneurship is a very rewarding process – to do what nobody else has, you must do what nobody else does.”

Notes to editors

For more information about SEERGRILLS visit

Suraj Sudera - BEng Mechanical Engineering / MSc Ophthalmic Engineering - CEO/Founder
Jordan Aspley - MEng Mechanical Engineering - Chairman/Founder
Jamie Thornton - MEng Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineer / Co-Founder
Robert Phipps - MEng Mechanical Engineering - Software Engineer / Co-Founder
Thomas Drew - PhD Ophthalmic Engineering / BEng Mechanical Engineering - Founder
Pawan Sudera - BEng Mechanical Engineering - COO / Co-Founder
There are other aston Alumini working on the team:
Tonderai Gundu - BEng Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineer
Gurwinder Singh - BSc Computer Science - Software Engineer
Michael Proctor - BEng Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineer


About Aston University
For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.
Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.
Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.
Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.
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