Great, awesome, lets get for it. As much as I wanted, we needed to be respecful with the PR team at the CIA, so no videos but, AWESOME PICTURES instead of our visit at the CIA (culinary institute of america).
First and foremost thanks again and again to Liam McCleod, for opening to us the doors of the CIA. Liam is the 3d printing lab director and also manager for consulting client relationships at the CIA. With a culinary and food science background. Liam is the type of incredible people that we love to meet in our 3d food printing adventures.
First stop and the most obvious was the 3d printing lab.
Founded after the CIA dean got to meet the sugar wizards from The Sugar Lab at a culinary show.
Obviously got impressed and needed to bring this amazing tech to his school.
The lab has two main 3d food printer. A ChefJet and a ChefJet pro, with their main difference being th Pro being capable of printing with colors and with a larger printing volume.
Man I love this printers, with all their stainless steel and binder tubes that makes them look sweet.
Liam explained that the interest of the CIA on 3d food printing has been helping to set a standard around a technology with a few very very references and also looking for ways on how it can be used to explore customized foods with proper nutrition balance.
They also have a 3d printer from 3d systems and a haptic mouse, that I was happy to try for first time!
Liam got to explain us more about the testing methodologies that they are following at the lab towards yielding different powder mixtures both sweet and savory. And most important trying to understand through a data the results behind each mix towards.
I could recognize the wasabi powder mix that we ALMOST got to try a year ago at the Culinary Visit that we did. Jason we missed that one.
Following with our visit we got to tour around the incredible CIA facilities, from wing to win we went from yeasty to chocolate aromas. The whole school is gorgeous. Walking through it made me want to go back to school. It has this old school well preserved vibe that makes it really hard not to WOOOW every 5 seconds. At some point I felt like I was the Xavier Institute from the xmen. Truly amazing.
Within the campus there are several restaurants, local American cuisine, Italian, French, but my choice for the day was Apple pie bakery. My roommate a graduated student from the CIA told me to go there and enjoy. Oh boy I did. Pretzel with mac and cheese, carrot ginger soup, jalapeno muffin, blueberry muffin, and a danish some of the treats that I got.
Remarkable location and scenic views around the campus.
Its was an amazing visit that I hope to repeat in the future!