Lab-grown chicken made by Eat Just—makers of the popular JUST Egg and JUST Mayo—will be offered for the first time ever at 1880, a fine-dining restaurant in Singapore, this Saturday. The California brand’s revolutionary meat (called GOOD Meat Cultured Chicken) will star in a three course-meal inspired by cuisines from China, Brazil, and the United States—the world’s top chicken-producing countries. “We are honored to host the global launch of Eat Just’s first cultured meat product,” 1880 founder Marc Nicholson said. “This is a revolutionary step towards solving climate change and creating the opportunity to feed the world without overwhelming the planet.”
Singapore makes history
Earlier this month, the Southeast Asian nation made history when the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) approved the sale of Eat Just’s lab-grown (also known as “cultured” or “cell-based”) chicken, making it the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval for the novel food technology in which meat is made using a small amount of animal cells that are grown into meat outside of the animal in a bioreactor. To gain government approval, the startup demonstrated a consistent and safe manufacturing process by submitting cell-based chicken samples from 20 production runs in 1,200-liter bioreactors, all made without antibiotics, and proving that its cultured chicken met the SFA’s standards for poultry meat.
With the 1880 partnership, Eat Just is now the first company to sell cultured meat, which it will first serve to young diners between the ages of 14 and 18—an age group Eat Just says has shown the biggest concern for creating a better planet. “This historic step, the first-ever commercial sale of cultured meat, moves us closer to a world where the majority of meat we eat will not require tearing down a single forest, displacing a single animal’s habitat or using a single drop of antibiotics.” Eat Just CEO Josh Tetrick said. “We’re thrilled to partner with 1880 to launch a product that will someday be served on the dinner tables of families living in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, to the skyscrapers of Shanghai.”
Cooking with cultured chicken
1880 focuses on thought-provoking menus and social-impact programming and will feature Eat Just’s cultured chicken as part of an experiential journey through the past, present, and future of the global food system. This weekend’s historic service will be prepared by 1880’s Executive Chef Colin Buchan—who previously worked as a personal chef for celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham. “This is a very exciting collaboration for me,” Chef Buchan said. “It’s working with new ingredients, something very creative, something we’ve never quite seen before and I think people are going to love it.”