The Supplant Company’s new-era pasta ‘tastes just the same’ at Magdalene College dining hall
The Supplant Company’s game-changing pasta went on the menu at University of Cambridge dining halls last week, starting with Magdalene College.
The pasta is made with Supplant Grain and Stalk Flour, which has 40 per cent less carbs and six times more fibre than regular pasta.
Using the flour boosts output per acre by 33 per cent and reduces land use by 25 per cent, freeing up land to grow more food.
The connection to the world-renowned university came about because CEO and founder Dr Tom Simmons previously worked in the Department of Biochemistry, where he initially started the company in 2017, and many of Supplant’s team on Cambridge Science Park are alumni.
“We continue to work with the university, in particular The Dupree Group, as part of the Department of Biochemistry,” says Harriet Pope, Supplant strategic communications manager. “Together, we have been awarded a prestigious £1million Innovate UK grant to support business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation.”
Wayne Johnson, head chef at Magdalene College, said: “At Magdalene College Cambridge we’re always looking for ways to improve the health and the environmental impact of the food we serve.
“Working with Supplant pasta allows us to do both in ways that until now haven’t been possible. The really amazing thing about their innovation is that we can’t taste the difference.”
Harriet concluded: “In April, we did a limited-edition run of pasta for consumers to buy in America, which sold out within three days. We have exciting plans for the future of this pasta and how consumers in the UK will be able to buy it.”
The first establishment to feature Supplant pasta on the menu was chef Thomas Keller’s 3 Michelin star restaurant, Per Se, in New York.
Co-founder and chief scientific adviser Prof Paul Dupree added: “Having been with the company since the beginning, I’m really proud of the progress that we’ve made and delighted that now the health and environmental benefits of The Supplant Company products can be enjoyed by people in the UK for the first time!”