At the reThink Food conference in California this month, punters were able to taste test bio-engineering company Modern Meadow’s lab grown beef offering – the Steak Chip.
These orange, crinkly discs are made up of beef cells grown in a lab and bound together with pectin, plus flavours and spices to taste.
According to one taster, the petri-dish beef evoked the taste of jerky, but with a very different texture.
“It reminds me of beef jerky, but with much better texture. It melts in your mouth.”
The company hopes to use lab-grown meat and leather to lift the strain that traditional farming imposes on the planet’s resources. However, it remains to be seen if bio-printed beef can compete on flavour with jerky from an actual cow.