Today is the last day of the Summer Fancy Food show, where we have seen and tasted so many special food ideas and creations and have had the privilege to speak with passionate, talented chefs and visionaries.
One especially exciting and fun innovation at the show is the ChefJet from 3D Systems – a 3D printer for chocolate, fondant and other confections. We finally got to see it in person, in action.
As we spoke with William Hu, Food Designer (what a fun job!), nearby the ChefJet's arm glided back and forth across a slowly descending surface on which a complex abstract chocolate sculpture took shape. We could smell the chocolate as digital became physical, plain by plain.
Soon chefs and other professionals will be able to own this machine for turning their 3D imaginations into edible (and incredible) reality. One of our favorites was the nearly life-sized, impossibly intricate Day-of-the-Dead sugar skull, resting ominously but beautifully under a glass bell jar.
For now, at Voilà Chocolat we continue to mold and build chocolate shapes (such as giant fire hydrants!) the traditional way. But we have seen a new future and it is inspiring...