Brothers Javier and Sergio Torres with their edible 3D Printed logo
The Barcelona sky-scraping restaurant Dos Cielos is definitely a case of "two heads are better than one" rather than "too many cooks spoil the broth".
The Michelin starred restaurant is ran by twin brothers, Javier and Sergio Torres, who are known for the extravagant and scientific approach to cooking. They combine the most traditional of ingredients with the most high tech of cooking techniques.
The latest high tech endeavour by the pair is an exploration into the possibilities of 3D printing dishes. Foertunately for them, one of the companies advancing this 3D printing food technology are right on their doorstep.
Natural Machines’ printer The Foodini doesn’t claim to magic food onto plates like a Star Trek Replicator (I know we’re tired of that reference too) but serve as a fresh food preparation device, the idea mainly is to get people using fresh ingredients in the home but the Brothers Torres have other ideas.
In an episode of Euromaxx - the Deutsche Welle magazine show – the twins discuss the possibilities:
“Thankfully our hands won’t become obsolete, the machine can’t make food taste good; it doesn’t cook it for you. What it does is help with the visuals and helps to create shapes that wouldn’t have been possible before.”
The visuals are a very important facet of the Torres brothers’ restaurant experience. Their philosophy is all based on the restaurant offering a full sensory experience, the stunning panoramic views are complimented with the presentation, taste and smell of the food.
Dos Cielos’ website isn’t just the usual menu and prices bumf each dish has an accompanying Sensograph, which aims to scientifically depict the experience felt when dining at the restaurant housed in the fifth tallest building in Barcelona.
The printer will be another tool in the restaurant’s high tech kitchen:
“We have already ordered a prototype because we have so many ideas to try out, if they work it will be crazy.”