Israeli startup SuperMeat launches ‘The Chicken’ — the world’s first restaurant to serve a menu of dishes developed from highest quality chicken meat, grown directly from cells in a sustainable and animal-friendly process.
The World’s first cultured chicken restaurant experience debuts in Israel
Since 30 October, anyone who’s excited about cultured meat can apply for a table at SuperMeat’s new test kitchen to enjoy meat grown from chicken cells at their factory-side restaurant experience, ‘The Chicken’, near Tel Aviv in the city of Ness Ziona.
New restaurant brings lab-grown, cultured meat one step to the dinner table
An Israel-based startup’s self-declared mission to bring cultured meat to the dinner table moved a tangible step closer this month with the launch of The Chicken – the world’s first restaurant experience that provides interested individuals the opportunity to eat meat grown directly from chicken cells.
Opened on 30 October by the food tech company SuperMeat, this development is a significant milestone for the cultured meat industry, addressing the three key challenges for commercialisation:
- a scalable manufacturing process
- a clear path to cost parity with conventional meat
- the production of high-quality and nutritious chicken products that taste incredible.
Selected guests* at The Chicken are able to see the manufacturing plant from their seats and enjoy a restaurant experience on-premise, eating burgers made from chicken produced under the same roof.
SuperMeat say they aim to bring the world the highest quality chicken meat, grown directly from cells, in a sustainable and animal-friendly process. With the world’s demand for meat projected to double by 2050, cultured meat offers an innovative food system that will provide nutritional security, drastically reduce carbon emissions, and increase food safety worldwide.
“The launch of The Chicken is an important step toward a world where cultured meat is accessible to everyone. There is strong public demand for transparency of how food comes to the table. We’re proud to share the full story of SuperMeat chicken for the first time —offering production and dinner all under the same roof, from our plant to your fork,” said Ido Savir, CEO, SuperMeat.
Having developed a manufacturing process for cultured chicken meat, SuperMeat is now looking for partners in the food and ingredient sourcing industries around the world to work together on developing high-quality meat products, making cultured meat available everywhere.
*tables by application only
How to make chicken, and why: manufacturing process explained
Cellular agriculture, which is at the heart of SuperMeat’s meat manufacturing process, offers new and advanced manufacturing possibilities, with multiple inherent traits and advantages:
- High-yield manufacturing: Exponential manufacturing system, meat mass doubles every couple of hours, providing high harvest meat yield daily.
- Short food production chain: Reduced steps and time required for processing harvested meat. No dismembering or cleaning of birds is needed, decreasing expensive labour and risk for zoonotic diseases. Target tissues are grown and harvested directly, resulting in 100% edible chicken meat.
- Adaption to market demand: Short and flexible manufacturing cycles allow the implementation of instant changes in supply and demand within days or hours.
- Lower production costs: Exclusive growth of target tissues allows for increased feed conversion ratio (FCR), a decrease in resource expenditure, less waste, and overall smaller ecological footprint, translating to cost reduction.
How SuperMeat’s chicken is made:
It starts with a seed. Cells are taken from a chicken once to form what they call the seed – this contains cells that mature into muscle, fat, and other meat comprising tissues.
1. Providing nurture: SuperMeat plant the seed in a meat fermenter, where it is provided warmth, oxygen, and feed. The cells grow and mature into meat tissue just as they would in the animal’s body.
2. The urban harvest: When the meat is mature, they harvest it from the fermenter by removing the remaining liquid feed.
3. To the kitchen!: Once the chicken has been harvested, it is ready to be prepped, cooked or turned into your favourite dish – it can even be processed into any meat application.
Do you share our mission to bring cultured meat to the dinner table? If you’re an industry leader in the food or biopharmaceutical space Get in Touch to find out more about bringing our cultured chicken to your industry. Follow SuperMeat on Facebook.
About SuperMeat: the food tech startup behind ‘the chicken’
SuperMeat is a Tel Aviv-based food tech company working to supply the world with high-quality chicken meat grown directly from chicken cells. At SuperMeat, food technologists, engineers, biologists, and chefs work together with the food and meat industry to craft the highest-quality poultry products, produced in a sustainable and animal-friendly way. Find out more at www.supermeat.com.
SuperMeat is at the development stage and is not yet commercial. Its test kitchen has been transformed to provide a full cultured meat restaurant experience.
SuperMeat deeply believes in the need for transparency for consumers and food producers alike and to that aim set to showcase the full story of the manufacturing of SuperMeat chicken meat from chicken cell to chicken burger.
“The Chicken” is its vehicle and platform to engage with anyone above 18 who is excited about cultured meat and allow them to take part of the evolution of our products and share with us their thoughts and feedback.
Apply for a table at The Chicken
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