Lab-grown chicken meat – tastes like real chicken
In Israel, the new half-lab restaurant called Chicken is the first in the world to sell lab-grown meat to diners. In 2018, the Israeli startup, Aleph Farms, revealed its progress in developing steaks in the lab using cells harvested from a living cow. This year, another meat-growing business is breaking headlines. This time, SuperMeat is giving out lab-grown chicken meat for sampling.
An artificial chicken venture called the Chicken seems to have nailed the flavor and texture of a fried chicken sandwich using lab-grown cells. A Restaurant in Israel is handing out free Lab-Grown Chicken Burgers.
A cultured chicken burger made by SuperMeat is served at a ‘Test Restaurant’ in Israel called The Chicken. It may be a groundbreaking, another way of eating poultry. The lab-raised chicken is grown in containers behind a glass pane. The restaurant which gives free chicken burgers—the texture of chicken breast is tough to mimic—seems to have nailed the taste and texture of the fried chicken sandwich, according to Guardian reporter Oliver Holmes, who tried it out. In several ways, Chicken is more of a product demo than a typical restaurant company. At the same time, though, it is a strong indication that organic, lab-grown versions of meat are becoming delicious, even though they are not yet at a price point for mainstream consumption.
The back room of the restaurant is also its lab, so diners can watch the meat they consume as scientists cultivate. “This burger takes two to three days to grow,” Chief Tomer Halevy, who holds a Ph.D. in genetics, told The Guardian.
Cells are grown in a reservoir of water, starch, amino acids, proteins, and vitamins, where cells form and differentiate as they do in a developing animal. “If you’re going to harvest half the meat one day, you’ll get the same amount the next day,” Halevy said.
At the moment, The Chicken is handing away free cultured lab-grown chicken burgers so that people can measure for themselves how tasty and on-the-spot the taste is. Guardian reporter Oliver Holmes went there to try one and said you will never know the difference; it tastes much like the real thing.
The back room of the restaurant is also its lab, so diners can watch the meat they ingest as scientists expand. “This burger takes two to three days to grow,” Chief Tomer Halevy, who holds a Ph.D. in genetics, told The Guardian.
Cells are grown in a pool of water, starch, amino acids, proteins, and vitamins, where cells shape and divide as they do in growing organisms. “If you’re going to harvest half the meat one day, you’ll get the same amount the next day,” Halevy said.
At the moment, The Chicken is distributing free-grown lab-grown chicken burgers so that customers can measure for themselves how delicious and on-the-spot the flavor is. Guardian writer Oliver Holmes went there to try one and said you’re never going to know the difference; it tastes a lot like the real thing.
Singapore has recently become the first nation to allow the export of cultivated beef. A business called Eat Just will shortly serve chicken nuggets in an undisclosed restaurant. The industry has already stretched its wings!