Digital food is quickly becoming a reality and nobody knows this better than RMIT alumnus and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Rohit Ashok Khot.
Describing himself as an "aspiring imaginist", Khot combines technology with food literacy, giving new meaning to the phrase ”designer food”.
Reinventing food through technology comes naturally to Khot. The creator of the first printable chocolates, he leads the Data and New Materialities Group at RMIT.
Khot believes that food printing has excellent potential and could even save lives.
"Food printing has the potential to contribute to food sustainability, personalised nutrition and the alleviation of world hunger by reducing food waste."
It may also offer novel applications closer to home.
"Food printing offers benefits in terms of customisation, convenience and novelty. One day, supermarkets may offer digital recipes that users can download and print at home using a food printer rather than selling prepared food products," Khot said.
This research is a long way from Khot’s initial interest in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), which he discovered during his Masters in Computer Science.
This work led to Khot undertaking a PhD at RMIT on new design thinking, demonstrating how building quantified self-technologies can make physical activity more pleasurable and fulfilling.
Excited by the potential of his research, Khot attributes his approach to his RMIT experience, which helped him develop the confidence and skills he uses today.
Khot’s advice for aspiring and early career researchers is: "Never be afraid to think differently and to push new boundaries. Work with passion and integrity and do not worry about the results."
Story: Angela Perez