We’re going to talk about yet another amazing use for printers –specifically 3D ones- which is making food!
3D printing works by using the material of the final output and allowing the user to shape it up in whichever way they want. A good reason to understand why it would be great for making food.
And some restaurants have made this idea true including:
Food Ink, United Kingdom
Founded by Antony Dobrzensky, everything at Food Ink is 3D printed. This includes the tables, the cutlery, and the food.
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The restaurant also makes use of other technologies such as VR. This is because it wants to set a futuristic space where food is combined with technology and art.
Although it’s a public restaurant, booking a seat can be a difficult task due to the limited availability of tickets throughout the month.
Fook Ink uses Foodini (Natural Machines), Sigma (BCN3D), and Delta 20 40 (WASP).
Melisse Restaurant, Santa Monica
Run by Josiah Citrin, this upscale, classy restaurant features American food with some influences from the French.
It combines 3D systems and has developed a special dish. The restaurant uses 3D printers to add fun and delicious twists to classic dishes.
A good example of this is variously-designed 3D-printed crouton in the onion soup.
The chef prints fresh crouton using aromatic onion powder.
Melisse uses Chefjet Pro to prepare its dishes.
La Enoteca at Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain
Run by Paco Perez, this fancy restaurant offers a wide variety of plates.
Chef Perez is enthusiastic about both food and technology.
Sea Coral is one of the dishes that is made with the help of 3D-Printers where a seafood puree is used to create a flower-like design for the centerpiece.
The chefs decorate the coral with seafood including caviar and urchins.
And since the design would have been tough to make by hand, a 3D printer was the perfect solution.
The restaurant uses the Foodini (Natural Materials) printer.
La Boscana, Spain
Chef Perez isn’t the only Spanish chef to be excited about 3D-printed food. Run by Chef Mateo Blanch, La Boscana uses 3D-printing to change the visitor’s dining experience.
The 3D-printed food is made in front of the customers so that they don’t miss out on any of the action –something that makes the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.
La Boscana uses the Focus (Byflow) printer.
Dinara Kasko, Ukraine
Although this isn’t a restaurant, but pastry Chef Dinara deserves a mention on this list as she makes some pretty complex designs to decorate her cakes.
She uses algorithms that create molds for cakes and pastries by using a 3D cake printer.
Biozoon Food Innovations, Germany
This company used 3D-printed food for a great purpose and that is making accessible meals for the elderly who may have trouble when it comes to processing solid foods.
Biozoon uses fresh chicken, carrots, and various other ingredients to make purees which are nutritionally-balanced.
These purees make up its seneoPro product line.
They use an edible adhesive to print the mixture into the shape of the base ingredient.
This results in a fun and healthy meal that’s easy to chew and digest.