We all have wondered what happens behind the counter when we order food at a restaurant. Well, looks like we will find out soon enough.
SavorEat, a Rehovot-based start-up, in collaboration with the Burgus Burger Bar chain in Israel, has introduced new custom burger patties to all their fast-food diners in the country. These burgers are vegan, gluten-free and contain no antibiotics, preservatives or GMO ingredients.
The burgers are made based on cellulose, which is a zero-calorie organic derivative of plant fibre. Starch is replaced by cellulose during the 3D printing of the burger.
The cellulose is then loaded into cartridges. Special software is design to determine the right mix and the order in which the ingredients must be placed. CEO Racheli Vizman likes to call it a digital manufacturing process, which is not far from the truth.
After the burger has been set, it is sent to an integrated grilling unit for cooking. The type of burger (rare, medium or well done) is left to the diners to decide. This method is very flexible as the protein levels can be adjusted.
Currently, it is a one-at-a-time machine, but SavorEat is working towards “printing” up to eight burgers within six minutes.
India may benefit from the experience and technology Israel and Israeli technologies have to offer. For further information, relevant contacts are invited to contact the Economic and Trade Department at the Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru.
Veshala Gajaraj – Trade Officer