High-tech meets Haute Cuisine
Gourmet chef André Kneubühler relies on 3D printing for the presentation of his sophisticated dishes. At the «Golden Chef», the most important Swiss cooking competition, he achieves the third place – also with the help of the Sintratec technology.
Culinary art at the highest level
An additively manufactured serving plate
For the final, André came up with a very special form of presentation in addition to his elaborate fish and meat dishes. Following the given theme of «Swissness», he created – with the help of his sister, who works in the 3D printing sector – a show plate with various, characteristically Swiss decoration elements. Because of their complexity, the custom designs were manufactured using additive technologies. «I decided to use 3D printed parts because it’s the ideal material for me to be creative and to create all kinds of shapes», the chef explains.
With 3D printing to the third place
To produce André’s plate structure, Sintratec sponsored various components: The mountain range, various Edelweiss vases and plates, and a 1:1 model of the Matterhorn were manufactured with the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process on the Sintratec S2 System using stable PA12 nylon material. Then, André and his team ingeniously combined the white-painted 3D parts with magnets so that small gold plates with the food could be fixed on top. André was able to convince the jury of this year’s competition not only with his cooking abilities but also with this sophisticated presentation: He is voted the third best chef in Switzerland, just behind the winner Paul Cabayé and the runner-up Stéphanie Zosso.
Potential for high-end gastronomy
Although the use of additive technologies in the culinary industry is nothing new, André’s perception of 3D printing has changed drastically as a result of the collaboration with Sintratec. «With you guys, the parts were almost perfect, and I have rarely seen that with 3D printing», he points out. The gourmet chef also sees some potential for this industry in the future: «The Sintratec technology definitely has its place in star gastronomy – it offers a lot of creative freedom and is particularly suitable for special serving arrangements», André sums up. We are already looking forward to the next tête-à-tête between high-tech and haute cuisine!
“The SLS technology has a place in the high-end gastronomy. It offers a lot of creative freedom and is particularly suitable for special serving arrangements.”