Halal Consumer - Issue 31 - page 9

Think back to the imagined twenty-first century setting of the
popular 1960’s cartoon,
The Jetsons
, in which it was a regular
occurrence to see machines churn out food pills and breakfast
appear on the table simply by pressing a button. These were
revolutionary concepts to view on your evening television, but in
today’s world, modern technology has given us the ability to dab-
ble in advancements that are slowly changing the way we think
about our food, our dining experiences, and even what we should
expect from our kitchen appliances.
3D Food Printing
3D printing, the process of creating three-dimensional solid
objects from a digital file, is a concept and practice that has been
around for several years now. However, growing in popularity is
the idea of 3D printing food. In order to execute the printing of
food via a 3D printer, one has to start off with food in a semi-solid
state. One version of this technology is the ChefJet, which allows
users to insert any type of soft confectionary like chocolate, cara-
mel, or frosting for instance, then program the desired shape or
design, and finally, sit back and watch their work of art print to
life. The ChefJet is specifically geared towards creating sweets,
offering amateur bakers the ability to craft works of art in the
form of dessert as well as providing the professional pastry chef
the ability to build intricate designs in half the time of completing
the process manually.
Similarly, the Foodini is a 3D food printer designed to be used
for savory foods. Again, one has to begin with a puree of sorts
in order for the technology to work, and then the output must
either be food that can be eaten raw, or food that will then still
need to be cooked. Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of the Foodini,
touts the advantages of this product as a way to use fresh, healthy
ingredients to create quick meals instead of having to rely on the
conveniences of pre-cooked processed foods with unrecogniz-
able ingredients. Occasional home cook Nina Awotwi says that 3D
printing food is a concept that sparks her curiosity but not some-
thing she can imagine becoming an everyday function for her.
There is currently no version of a 3D food printer available on the
market that can not only create quick food in any design, but also
cook it at the same time, though a project is underway by under-
graduate students at the Imperial College London.
Holographic Dining
Imagine being able to conjure up any chef in the world to help you
create tonight’s dinner. Or perhaps you are dying to learn how to
make an ethnic halal meal straight from the source and you’d love
to be able to connect with someone from the Middle East to show
you the ropes. Better yet, maybe you have a grandmother who
lives across the country making it difficult for you to dine together
or cook family recipes with one another. With Dawid Dawod’s
concept known as Global Chef, you just might be able to make all
three of these scenarios a reality.
The concept uses hologram technology to connect people together
through the art of cooking. Global Chef allows users to select fam-
ily, friends, random people from anywhere in the world, or even
join cooking classes via a hologram that is conjured up on its glass
surface using Laser Plasma hologram technology. The design even
transfers smells and can sense what ingredients are placed into
its bowl. The possibilities Global Chef can potentially offer have
many people thrilled. Home cook DeMarko Glover says, “To learn
from a chef in holographic form would be exciting.” Glover occa-
sionally follows online video tutorials of his favorite chefs when
cooking, and because he often stops and rewinds videos to try and
get all the steps right he feels as though “having someone right
there with you via holograph would be much easier to follow.”
Global Chef was submitted to the Electrolux Design Lab for con-
sideration in its annual design competition and may very well be a
product we see available in the future.
Soylent
Would you ever consider cutting out the process of buying and
preparing food by solely drinking a liquid food supplement that
Home cook DeMarko Glover
says, “To learn from a chef
in holographic form would
be exciting.”
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