Real 3D printed steaks are now served in restaurants

The future of catering in fancy restaurants could be built on 3D-printed steaks.

Redefine Meat, an Israeli startup, is expanding where its product is available in Europe. The products in question are 3D printed steaks. Steaks are created using plant-based beef substitutes. But everything is set up to taste and feel like real beef steaks.

3D printed steaks are now available in 30 more restaurants

3D printed steak created by Redefine Meat. Image Source: Redefining Meat

Redefine Meat has expanded its operations in Europe. Restaurants in London, Berlin and Amsterdam are now offering the 3D-printed steaks the company has become known for. A full list of restaurants planning to offer Redefine Meat has not been shared. However, we do know that restaurants owned by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will offer the meat alternative (via Independent).

White’s and three other restaurants in the London area will serve Redefine Meat for £20-£30. This is a similar price to what these restaurants charge for the traditional beef steak. In addition to 3D-printed steaks, Redefine Meat will also supply “premium” burgers, lamb skewers, ground beef and sausages to other restaurants in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. This should give restaurateurs several ways to try the plant-based meats offered by the company.

How Redefine Meat created realistic quality beef

3D printer with injection nozzle.
3D printer with injection nozzle. Image source: phonlamaiphoto/Adobe

Plant-based meat is something several companies have tried to promote over the years. However, it is often insufficient in one way or another. Whether it is by touch, taste or smell depends on the company that makes it.

With these new 3D printed steaks, Redefine Meat uses 3D printing, as well as artificial intelligence to recreate the meat. This includes capturing the muscle fiber feel of animal meat, as well as the juicy, yet firm texture. This has allowed the company to create 3D-printed steaks that look, taste and smell like real beef or lamb.

Although they look like real meat, steaks are made from plant materials. These materials include soy and pea protein, as well as beetroot. The company also uses chickpeas and coconut fat to make the steaks more like the meat that inspired them.

Redefine Meat wants to bring its 3D-printed steaks to more restaurants, as well as supermarkets. He also wants to create additional cuts, like thicker or thinner. This should help make the offer more attractive to more customers, as they can choose the cut they want. Currently, 3D-printed meat is designed to mimic flank steak, also known as flank steak.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen innovations driven by 3D printing, either. But, it’s notable because of how close the new steaks look to real meat.

It’s unclear when Redefine Meat will expand to other restaurants, or when 3D-printed steaks might also start appearing on store shelves.

Dino S. Williams