British tech company Food Ink has created a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience, a concept where fine dining meets art, philosophy and tomorrow’s technologies, according to Seeker.
While 3D-printed food isn’t really new, Food Ink has taken the concept to new heights. The food will be served using portable 3D printers operated by a team of gourmet chefs utilizing their own original recipes. Guests will discover that all the furniture, lamps and even the utensils are 3D-printed especially for the occasion.
The pop-up restaurant is premiering July 25-26-27 at 8 Dray Walk in Shoreditch, in the heart of London’s creative and high-tech epicenter. And like a scene from a science-fiction movie, the whole experience will be out of this world.
Food Ink hints at including virtual reality headsets, wall-to-wall visual projections, and AI-composed music. The company says the addition of these technologies will create an immersive environment and a thrilling glimpse of the future that represents a “major step forward in technology, food, and design, all in a single event.”
Meet the portable 3D printers
3D by Flow, a Dutch company that opened for business in 2014, created the Focus, the world’s first portable and multimaterial 3D printer being used in the pop-up restaurant.
The compact, mobile, multi-faceted, multi-functional 3D printer has easily exchangeable extruders that make it possible to print with over 20 different materials. This means that just about anything that can be turned into an edible paste can be routed through the extruders in the printer.
The original foodstuffs are created layer-by-layer. The 3D-printed foods will be accompanied by side dishes and garnishes made the old-fashioned way. The world might not be ready for a 3D-printed tossed salad, yet.
The dining event will be short-lived, but it will be live streamed on the Food Ink website. The plan is to stage nine-course 3D-printed dinner events in major cities worldwide, including, Berlin, Dubai, Seoul, Rome, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, New York City, Taipei, Las Vegas, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Austin, Singapore, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Sydney and Reykjavik.
Food Ink’s primary goal is to use food, which all of us enjoy, as a way to promote awareness about the amazing possibilities of 3D-printing and other promising new technologies being developed today. So, Bon appetite!