3D-Printed Steaks Served in Restaurants – But Where’s the Beef?

by Victoria Santiago

Plant-based fake steaks are being 3D-printed and served in restaurants across the Netherlands, the U.K., and Germany. The steaks are being served for between $25 and $40.

Redefine Meat, the Israeli startup 3D-printing these steaks, wants the meat to be similar to flank steaks. The steaks are made with a variety of ingredients. Soy, pea protein, beetroot, chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and coconut fat are all ingredients that can be found in a 3D-printed steak.

Describing their flank steak, Redefine Meat had this to say:

“Redefine Beef Flank is a juicy plant-based flank cut adored by meat lovers, rich in flavors and extremely fibrous. Despite being relatively lean, flank cuts come packed with delicious flavors, which have earned them a place of honor amongst the world’s leading chefs. Redefine Beef Flank is prepared with sizzling innovation. This tender cut of New-Meat beef is perfect for grilling or cooking, and will become the star of almost any dish, allowing both vegans and meat lovers to enjoy great meat, without compromising on taste or sustainability.”

Combined with artificial intelligence, the company uses 3D printing to hone every aspect of their fake meat. This includes copying the texture of meat and the feeling of the muscle fibers found in real meat.

The company also sells “premium quality” sausages, burgers, ground beef, and lamb kebabs. Interest in faux meats has skyrocketed the past few years, but options are still pretty limited – especially in restaurants. Redefine Meats wants to give restaurant-goers plenty of meatless options.

There has been no news if the company plans to expand to the U.S.

Fast Food Tackles Faux Meats

Restaurants aren’t the only ones capitalizing on the demand for faux meats. Fast food joints like Burger King and McDonald’s have released their own meatless menu options named the Impossible Whopper and the McPlant. The meatless options were created with popular companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. All things considered, maybe 3D printing is the future of fake meat.

The Future of 3D Printing

3D printing was introduced in the 1980s by Charles W. Hull. The cost of 3D printers has lowered greatly since then. With the introduction of 3D printers, the general public has found creative ways to use them. People can print pretty much anything. Metal, plastic, wood, and foodstuff are all common 3D printing materials. 3D printing has become a popular hobby but has also become a popular tool in science.

For example, earlier this year a bird was fitted with a 3D-printed beak. Gigi was a macaw with a deformed beak until surgeons and expert printers devised a way to fit her with a prosthetic beak. Until now, beak injuries could be a death sentence for birds, as they rely on them to eat. Gigi will live in captivity for the remainder of her life, but her 3D beak success story is a sign of better things to come.