I already posted news on artificial meat (both artificially grown and produced from plants) as well as news on robo-cooks preparing (simple) food in some restaurants around the world (with China, Japan and US having the lead).
Now I see a news of a restaurant in Israel that just last week, December 28th 2021, started to serve veggie hamburger that are printed to order and cooked by a robot.
An Israeli foodtech company, SavourEat, has provided a 3D printer to a restaurant in Herzliya, Israel, so that customers can design their own veggie hamburger selecting how much fat and protein they want in their burger. Once selected the burger is printed and then cooked by a robo-cook. The whole process takes some 6 minutes from order to the plate.
The 3D printer is fed with veggie food “ink” containing chickpea, pea and potatoes derived proteins. These are combined in various ways delivering a broad variety of tastes. There is a growing market for veggie based food, (alternative protein start ups have harvested some 3B$ in funding last year in the US) and a growing segment of restaurant goers are interested in a diet that is strongly based on vegetable without forfeiting the meat completely. They even got a name: flexiterians (flexible-vegetarians).
According to some (not well identified…. study) the flexitarian diet comes up second in terms of wealthy diet, just after the Mediterranean diet. So, for me that grew up on the Mediterranean diet is not yet time to change my food habits. Yet, I like to sit back and watch these culinary innovations as I wait for my spaghetti to cook “al dente!”.