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3-D printing comes to food

by Melody M. Bomgardner
January 22, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 4

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Credit: byFlow
With 3-D printing, chefs can create elaborate designs.
Credit: byFlow
With 3-D printing, chefs can create elaborate designs.

The hot new kitchen gadget for chefs takes its cue from cutting-edge manufacturing. Cooks with an engineering bent can now make elaborate shapes out of food using a three-dimensional printer. The 3-D printers can be filled with chocolate, meringue, avocado, and even meat. The Dutch firm byFlow, for example, recently introduced the Focus, a $4,300 machine sold mainly in Europe. The company is working with Verstegen Spices & Sauces to develop filling cartridges, starting with a paste made of beetroot and cardamom.

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