The automat is a food replication system used on United Kingdom Æther Ships. The device combines rudimentary elements of molecular material to form food and drink. The constituent components are provided by waste material processed through replentishers.
Automats can be found in all the mess halls and in the quarters of officers Lieutenant grade or above. The captain's table is the only place aboard an æther ship where real food is served.
Note; Replicated food has a reputation for not tasting remotely like it's intended model but when compared to ship's rations, replicator food is high cuisine. That is why the main items used in swaps, bribes and pay-offs are smuggled food stuffs.