3D-Printing Restaurant Provides Unique Dining Experience

September 12, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. slate / sleɪt / (v.) – to plan or expect
Example: He is slated to become the next big name in the food industry.   

2. live up to / lɪv ʌp to / (idiom) – to meet a standard
Example: Employees are expected to live up to the company’s ideals.

3. landscape /ˈlændˌskeɪp / (n.) – a feature of an area of expertise or industry
Example: Environment-friendly businesses changed the landscape of the retail industry.

4. upscale / ˈʌpˈskeɪl / (adj.) – displaying characteristics related to the upper class
Example: The new upscale mall targets high-income employees.

5. staple / ˈsteɪ pəl / (n.) – a basic, important item
Example: Black dresses are a fashion staple.


Read the text below.
A new type of restaurant is slated to become the next big thing in the food business – 3D-printing restaurants.

Joining London’s growing list of unique diners, Food Ink is set to enter the scene as the first ever 3D-printing restaurant. The unconventional eatery lives up to its name not only by serving 3D-printed dishes, but also by featuring furniture crafted using the said innovation.

Food Ink is composed of a pool of chefs, designers, inventors, and technologists. The company is dedicated to transforming the food landscape through its one-of-a-kind creations.

While the upscale restaurant will likely appeal to food enthusiasts who are in constant search of adventure, other customers might think twice, as the fixed nine-course meal will cost £250 per head.  Food Ink’s unique dishes will only be available for a limited time, and only ten guests will get to try this dining experience.

Despite Food Ink’s assertion that it is the pioneer in the business, 3D Printshow Kitchen, another restaurant with the same concept, opened in 2015.

In addition, prominent chef Paco Perez has also been trying his hand at crafting dishes using a 3D-printing machine called Foodini. Dubbed “Sea Coral”, Perez’s signature 3D-printed dish is made of ingredients such as caviar [KAV-ee-ahr], sea urchins, and eggs.

Considering the growing market for 3D-printing restaurants, suppliers are confident that 3D-printing devices will eventually become a kitchen staple.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think that a 3D-printing restaurant would receive a positive response in your country? Why or why not?
·        Aside from a 3D-printing restaurant, what other unique restaurant themes can you think of?

Discussion B

·         Are you willing to dine at a unique restaurant that charges extremely high prices? Why or why not?
·         Do you think that expensive prices guarantee high-quality food? Why or why not? 

September 12, 2016