The autochef was a forerunner to the replicator, and was installed aboard Federation starships in the 23rd century. The autochef provided meals for the crew and made to their own personal specifications, simply by inserting a "flimsy" into the slot. Like all other systems, the autochefs were prone to failure, and on at least one occasion, the autochef aboard the USS Enterprise began serving purple slush. (TOS novel: The Klingon Gambit)

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