Lab-grown burgers, neon lunch and Gordon Ramsay on your worktop – ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future of food

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3D printed sour candy

Your fridge will be brimming with 'nutraceuticals'


If you haven't heard of nutraceuticals, listen up. They're foodstuffs which are genetically developed in order to provide extra health benefits as well as the usual nutrients, and are widely tipped as the next big thing in food science.


Recently it was reported Monsanto are investigating how to develop genetically modified "super broccoli" crops with increased levels of vitamins. David Verakis from Monsanto says: "We believe that doctors will be able to prescribe certain foods to you that have increased or decreased nutritional properties which will prevent you from getting a particular disease."


Meanwhile, it's been reported Nestlé are looking at developing dinners that contain cancer-fighting chemicals and bolster the body's immune system. The UK nutraceutical market has already grown to £200 million and shows no sign of slowing down.

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You'll be munching on test tube meat

As the global population grows and we all jostle for space and resources, science is having to think of ways to feed everyone, and fast. Now it looks like lab-grown meat, first pioneered by NASA to feed carnivorous astronauts, could be the solution to our vast appetite for meat. Erm, yum.


Dutch scientists last year produced the world's first in vitro hamburger grown from stem cells taken from cow muscle tissue and are pushing for a revolution in the way we eat meat.


Researchers at Oxford University found lab-grown meat could significantly reduce the environmental impact of cows with their energy consumption and terrible methane emissions.

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You could print your own desserts

A $5,000 Cheftjet system is already being used in high end bakery production to make geometrically perfect sweets and pretty sugar cubes.


The machine's repertoire features weird and wonderful designs in every colour of the rainbow printed using layers of sugar with chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon flavourings.


When the technology hits the mass market we can expect to see products like the Foodini food printer (currently sourcing crowdfunding) churning out complex shapes and sweet and savoury delights made from fresh ingredients loaded into the machine in the form of specialised "food capsules." Will it take all the stress out of cooking dinner every day of the week?

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Via 3D systems

One geometric sugar shape or two?


Your roast will cook itself

Just as the automotive industry have been developing clever cars, at this very moment scientists are putting the finishing touches to smart ovens.


The latest product to market uses sensors to calculate the precise combination of energy consumption and time needed to cook the food. Select the "roast" function for your beef joint and "medium rare" and your clever kit will cook it to perfection. Who needs Nigella, eh?


Also in development are smartphone enabled ovens that can cook your dinner in over 200 different ways, including "Air Frying" it. You know what that means? No more burnt pizza crusts. At last!

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You'll be cooking with a hologram

Ideas like the Global Chef mark great leaps in hologram technology. A sort of Ready, Steady, Cook! meets Skype experience, the technology will be used to bring top chefs and friends and family to your kitchen, virtually. Perhaps we're not too far away from having Gordon Ramsay dealing with our very own kitchen nightmares. Told you the future was scary!

Electrolux via YouTube

You'll be tasting WITH YOUR MIND