Jan Smink, a Top Chef and Ambassador of byFlow – a Dutch company that produces and sells 3D food printers service announced the opening of a high-end restaurant that will serve 3D printed food to its guests. Slated to open in September this year, in Wolvega, Netherlands, the new restaurant will be the first place in Netherlands to offer 3D printed food on the menu.
Apart from serving 3D printed food, customers in Smink’s new restaurant will also get an opportunity to see the process that goes into 3D food printing. Smink, in his restaurant will keep the preparations process visible for his customers and will “manufacture” food on the spot at the table.
3D printing food basically involves building structures of food in layer by layer form following the principle of 3D printing. Most 3D printers are deposition printers which deposit the food in a liquid paste. Another category of food printers use the principle of binder jetting where food raw material is joined together using an edible binding agent. However, newer types of food printers are being invented by combining various other 3D printing technologies and principles.
Speaking about the importance of 3D food printing in his new kitchen, Smink said in a blog post from byFlow, “To surprise my guests with a new and unique experience, I want to be open to innovative technologies. By using the Focus 3D Food Printer I’m able to experiment with traditional, local ingredients and serve them in forms and shapes that otherwise would not be possible. I’m excited that my restaurant will be the first in the Netherlands to do so.
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The association of Smink and byFlow gained huge popularity after their participation in Horecava 2018 – the biggest food industry event in The Netherlands that took place in January in Amsterdam.
Popular for participating in several prestigious cooking competitions, Smink has been experimenting with 3D food printers for a year now and has been dedicating his time in creating new recipes, giving demonstrations on 3D food printing and has been supporting byFlow’s research and development efforts.
Smink will receive the keys of his new restaurant in center of Wolvega in May. It will be in mid-May that the name of this new restaurant will be announced and a new website will be launched. Guests will be able to make reservations online during the same period.
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