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    Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Could Printable Food be the Future? - Cambridge-based Company Create nūfood

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    Printable food; sounds complex right? I’m sure you’re picturing a whole cheese pizza being printed out of your home printer right now, mouth-watering at the thought of it. The convenience would be even more so than all of those food delivery services. However, food-technology isn’t quite at the pizza-printing level yet, though this new kitchen robot is a step in the right direction.

    The nūfood robot is a newly developed kitchen robot which ‘prints’ food, made from pre-packaged liquids and raw ingredients. Created by Cambridge-based company Dovetails, the robot creates jelly-like ‘flavour bombs’ to accompany food, or enjoy as a tasty nutritious bite.

    Their website advertises their creations thus far, including ‘Cheesecake 2.0’ which ‘re-thinks the New York Cheesecake with 3D printed visualisations’, ‘HoneyBerry’, a flavour bomb made from local honey, and the interestingly-named ‘Wasabi Worm’, a wasabi accompaniment for sushi.

    So how does it work? The science-side and binding agents aren’t largely advertised, keeping the mystery and wonder to the creations. The company reveal on the nūfood website; ‘We just use a clever way to encapsulate liquid in small droplets and then use these droplets to create a structure.’, and the flavoursome creations are designed ‘to enhance meals and cocktails at the click of a button.’

    The company advertises how they provide the best ingredients, due to strong relationships with suppliers, establishing their own ecosystem and erasing the ‘messy and time consuming’ ingredient preparation process.

    An exclusive tasting-event was recently held on February 7 in Cambridge, allowing 24 intrigued members of the public to try the food produced by the robot in an eight-course tasting session. Vaiva Kalnikaite, founder and CEO of Dovetailed reports to Cambridge News; “They find it hard to believe, and they really want to see it working. Every time we demo it, we always have a queue of people waiting to try a flavour bomb.”

    On March 4 this year, there’s another nūfood Tasting Experience, to be held in a secret location in London. Tickets are available for £100 to experience an ‘innovative dining evening’.

    Many experts have suggested how printed 3D food could be a step in the right direction concerning world food problems. For now, only flavour-bombs are available from the kitchen robot, and any crunchy options are off the menu for the moment, as reported by BBC News.

    The company are receiving rising interest and success, winning the Startup Showcase Award at the Smart Kitchen Summit 2016, and having hundreds of Twitter followers.

    So, if you fancy trying some innovative food creations, grab your tickets for the London experience, and be quick, there’s limited availability. Printed food technology seems well on its way, and you could be printing that cheese pizza sooner than you think (that’s the ultimate dream anyway.)

    Laura Sewell

    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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