BiteLabs: Startup plans to make celebrity-flavored meats with cell samples
How does Kanye West taste? It’s a mystery that has cruelly eluded mankind.
But startup BiteLabs is promising to provide answers for a range of celebrities, to create haute-couture meats through lab-developed tissue samples. A spokesperson for this organization told us more.
Metro: What was your inspiration?
BiteLabs is a recently-formed startup that is trying to get off the ground to provoke a dialogue around what we see as an emerging market space. We think this is a fresh and still relatively untouched market, and we’re excited to be one of the first major commercial players in it.
How are you deciding which celebrities – did you consider their flavor?
We’ve consulted with culinary experts about developing flavor profiles for our celebrities. The four celebrities on the website do not necessarily make our final selection. In fact, we’re willing to take any celebrity as a candidate. We’ve asked that our audience simply tweet at the celebrity they are interested in with the hashtag “#EatCelebrityMeat”.
How are negotiations going to secure the tissue samples – do you need permission?
As of now, we have not accepted any requests to get tissue samples. While many people (some somewhat famous twitter personalities) have tweeted and emailed us requesting that we take a cell sample from them, we want to reserve our development efforts for more mainstream pop culture celebrities.
Could you give us an idea of the scale of the project?
The response we’ve had in the media is phenomenal. We estimate that about 10,000 tweets about us since we started campaigning (less than three days ago). As an early stage startup, our first step is to gauge market interest – we need to connect with our user-base and find celebrities interested in participating. Making celebrity meat a reality will all depend on our ability to generate public enthusiasm.