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Yum! Tuck into this 12-course meal in a can

On the menu: Kobe beef, French onion soup, roast pork belly, and a whole lot more. You don't even need a can opener.

12-course meal in a can
All in One: from ravioli to rib eye steak, conveniently packaged.
Christopher Godfrey

Astronauts used to have it really bad when it came to orbital dining options. Freeze-dried powders and cube food made for pretty depressing fare.

Now they have everything from fresh fruit to scrambled eggs. But what they really need is this 12-course meal in a can.

British design student Christopher Godfrey doesn't seem to have been thinking of spacefaring diners when he conceived All in One, a layered gourmet feast in a can. Doubtless the container would be unsuitable for space, but think of the gross-out fun you could have with this in zero-g.

Indeed, his description of this head-scratcher, apparently inspired by Andy Warhol, suggests it's all about earthbound waste, not heavenly vittles.

"Contemporary culture means on every trip into town, you're bombarded with gimmicks galore," writes Godrey, who created the project as part of his graphic design dissertation at London's Kingston University.

"Gimmicks often diminish their products to turn a profit, downgrading on the content but selling you something that's '50 percent more.' The All in One 12-course meal offers the average Joe the chance to dine like royalty without the washing up."

What's on the menu in this can? Peel back the tab and feast on this:

  • A selection of local cheeses with sourdough
  • Pickled Kobe beef with charred strawberry
  • Ricotta ravioli with a soft egg yolk
  • Shiitake mushroom topped with filled peppers
  • Halibut poached in truffle butter in a coconut crepe
  • Risotto-foraged ramps, prosciutto, and fresh parmesan
  • French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyere cheese
  • Roast pork belly and celeriac root puree
  • Palate cleanser, pear ginger juice
  • Rib eye steak with grilled mustard greens
  • Crack pie with milk ice cream on a vanilla tuile
  • French canele with a malt barley and hazelnut latte

For a closeup of the glistening layers of goodness, check out this photo. Mouth watering yet?

"I'm trying to make a statement about consumerism," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

"The All in One meal stems from researching gimmicks employed by corporations to get you to buy their product. Each individual layer is made of processed-down edible food that was then added to gelatines. They were individually poured, one by one on top of each other -- with each layer taking around 60 minutes to process and set."

So what does it taste like?

"I'm a fussy eater so I couldn't face taking a bite," he added. Any takers?

12-course meal in a can
Christopher Godfrey

(Via io9)