Yes. An active internet connection via WiFi is required in order to use the Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System. After first unboxing the system, it is necessary to download a firmware update for the Smart Induction Burner before it can first be used. Additionally, an active internet connection is necessary when using the Hestan Cue app on your smart device as recipes, videos, and other multimedia get streamed on demand.
It is possible to use the Hestan Cue without internet access after applying the update to the burner, but you'll only be able to use it in Offline Mode without any guided recipes (as you would a traditional induction burner). The Hestan Cue app and it's guided recipes are only available with an active internet connection.