Somehow I can’t see carnivores wanting to eat stem cell burgers, and I can’t see vegetarians deciding they are acceptable either! Nonetheless Melissa Hogenboom investigates the taste of these lab grown meat concoctions for BBC News:
The first lab-grown burger has now been cooked in a frying pan and tasted by two food writers. But did it live up to all its hype?
The event certainly did. It had the surreal vibe of a live TV food show rather than a science press conference, with presenter Nina Hossain fielding questions.
Chef Richard McGeown was tasked with frying the patty. He commented on its “fantastic colour” and its “nice inviting aroma”, but from where the media team sat, there was not a whiff of burger reaching our nostrils.
“It’s literally like cooking any other burger I’ve experienced before, a nice and pleasant aroma but very subtle at this stage,” added McGeown.
The “cultured beef” is grown from stem cells taken from a cow and could feed people meat in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, according to the team that developed it.
But now that it has been tasted for the first time, is it realistic to believe we could ever order it up with a side of fries from our local burger joint?
Mark Post of Maastricht University and the man behind the patty, previously said that for it to be a success it would have to “look, feel and hopefully taste like the real thing”.
It must be said that the cultured beef did start to resemble a real burger, but it seemed to turn brown a lot more slowly than a conventional burger might, with some of its brown hue perhaps attributable to the copious amount of butter that was added to the pan…
[continues at BBC News]