Top TV chef to flip €250,000 'test-tube' burger
A celebrity chef will serve up a €250,000 "test-tube" burger.
The world's first burger made with a synthetic meat protein derived from bovine stem cells will be publicly consumed this October after being prepared by TV chef Heston Blumenthal.
The burger will be made from 3,000 strips of synthetic meat protein grown in fermentation vats, said Dr Mark Post, of Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Dr Post said the anonymous backer of his research project had not yet decided who would get to eat the world's most expensive hamburger.
Dr Post yesterday told the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver that a hamburger made from artificial beef protein was a milestone in the development of novel ways to meet the global demand for meat, which is expected to double by 2050.
"In October we're going to provide a 'proof of concept' showing that with in vitro culture methods that are pretty classical we can make a product out of stem cells that looks like, and hopefully tastes like, meat," he said. (© Independent News Service)