>> 3D printing is transforming medicine, fashion, and manufacturing. But you may not have expected it to land on your plate. I'm Rosanna Philpott, reporting for Reuters in East London, outside the world's first 3D printing restaurant. Now, as we speak, files are being transferred from this side of the road where they are being created on a computer to this side of the road, where printers are about to create an 11 course meal for the customers inside.
The ink used for tonight’s guests, potato, avocado, chocolate and passion fruit paste, printed layer by layer to create individually calibrated dishes at the click of a mouse. It's fun, but it'll put you back 250 pounds ahead. Company founder, Antony Dobrensky, insists the concept of printing food isn't just a passing gimmick.
>> 3D printing, as applied to food, and for that matter, 3D printing as applied to manufacturing processes, is just the next step in this constant evolution. It's the logical next step in terms of convenience, efficiency, sophistication, and also doing things that even couldn't quite possible with the human hands but are possible in our imagination.
>> Other companies also working on printed food from sweets in Berlin, to NASA supporting research to develop 3D food machine for astronauts. Experts say could be a way to feed a global population expected to reach 12 billion by the end of the century, as it provides quick, hot food with zero waste and personalized nutritional content.
>> We can have all the nutrition in there, so all the vitamins, all the minerals, all the omegas, protein, whatever you need. We can make it very personal. We can even say, well, you need a little bit more Vitamin B for your hair, and she needs a little bit more protein to grow her muscles.
>> Perhaps a vision for the future. A 3D printer in every home between the microwave and the toaster. Pizza delivered by e-mail, and downloading dessert. But the food won't feel or taste conventional, and that might take longer for food lovers to digest.