April 22, 2016

3D food printing: the advent of futuristic cooking techniques

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This article comes as a courtesy from Elle&Vire Professionnel website.


3D food printers are no longer confined to the realm of science-fiction and can now actually produce food. The first world conference on the topic was held in Liège (Belgium) in late 2014. Foodini® prepares cheeseburgers and pizzas. Chocabyte® lets you make your own chocolate. Dovetailed® prints out fresh fruit.

You can even print out meat! The principle behind it? The process begins with the collection of animal stem cells, which are allowed to grow and develop before being incorporated into a printing cartridge. The fusion takes place once they have been printed out. Proponents of this technology stress the fact that this technique can be used both to concoct wholly custom-designed menus and to combat world hunger.

So what do the Chefs think? In the long-term, 3D food printers will be used for certain technical tasks, and will thus be a real time-saving solution.

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