A North Carolina TV station used ChatGPT to optimize recipes, generate a shopping list and develop a schedule for cooks to complete the Thanksgiving meal on time. (Source: WMFY News 2 YouTube video)

Media Outlets Test ChatGPT, Others to Improve Thanksgiving Planning

If you’re late for shopping and planning for Thanksgiving, AI may be able to help you out.

The Today Show used ChatGPT to make Thanksgiving not only easier to make, but also cheaper. Several other TV shows and magazines tried asking it to help with similar goals and found that it worked, to some degree.

Here’s the Today Show link.

NBC4 in Washington, DC tried to generate new Thanksgiving recipes with Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan and producer Ambar Rodriguez cooking. They gave the AI parameters, such as making a healthy sweet potato casserole recipe and a Cuban-inspired green bean casserole. Here’s the video link.

Last year The New York Times Cooking section shot a YouTube video about using AI to create Thanksgiving recipes—with mixed results. Some were downright unappetizing. Priya Krishna explored whether AI could successfully develop a “tasty” Thanksgiving menu. She also interviewed Cade Metz, a technology correspondent with nytimes.com, to learn more about the technology, then got a demo of ChatGPT-3.

WFMY News 2, a CBS TV news station in Greensboro, NC, decided to use ChatGPT to generate recipes and a shopping list and help cooks stay on track and on time with their meals. That seemed to work better than asking for recipes. Here’s the link.

Here’s NYT Cooking‘s video, which has been viewed more than 232,000 times. We wonder if she would have had a better result by using ChatGPT-4.

Happy Thanksgiving!