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Meat the Future

Exploring the potential of lab-grown meat

Some scientists believe in vitro meat could become a sustainable and animal friendly way to produce meat. But before deciding if we are willing to eat meat from the lab, we need to explore the food culture it brings us.

We need to talk about meat

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today. Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers perhaps? Some scientists hope to keep us eating vertebrate protein with in vitro meat. Grown in bioreactors from animal cells, in vitro meat could be a sustainable and humane alternative to raising a whole animal from birth to slaughter. The first lab-grown hamburger is already here, but the in vitro meat technology could also bring us entirely new culinary experiences.

“We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium”

Winston Churchill


The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

This award-winning book presents 45 speculative recipes with lab-grown meat that could end up on your plate one day.

45 recipes you cannot cook yet

Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create.

This award winning publication features dozens of recipes that are delicious, uncanny, funny and inspiring. Think of meat paint, revived dodo wings, meat ice cream, cannibal snacks, steaks knitted like scarves and see-through sushi grown under perfectly controlled conditions.

Though you can’t cook these recipes just yet, they’ve all been developed with strict culinary rigor. The delightful and weird recipes are complimented by fascinating interviews and thought-provoking essays from scientists, activists, philosophers and chefs.

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Meat the Future exhibition

The exhibition is set up as a restaurant of the future and serves 30 exquisite signature dishes cooked to the highest standards using a revolutionary new ingredient: in vitro meat.

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Bistro In Vitro

Bistro In Vitro is our virtual restaurant that explores the potential impact of in vitro meat on our culinary culture. Select your menu today and make a reservation for the year 2028.

Ice Cream Cart

In Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one recipe from the In Vitro Meat Cookbook. You can choose among six flavors: meat fruit, polar bear, bacon, ice queen, dragon and chocopanda. The aim is to discuss with you what your opinion is on the future of in vitro meat.

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Bistro In Vitro - the making of

Short documentary on world’s first in vitro meat restaurant.

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