This V&A exhibition will let you eat cheese made with celebrities’ bacteria

Fancy lunch made with little bits of celebrities inside?

Well, cheese grown from human bacteria and mushrooms fertilised with discarded coffee grounds from its own cafe feature in a new V&A exhibition about the future of food.

This new exhibition, titled Food: Bigger than the Plate, will open later this year with one part of the art install grabbing headlines.

Yes, they’ll be three cheeses created by artists Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas from bacteria gathered from an as yet un-named trio of celebrities.

The pair gather bacteria with swabs from the hands, feet, noses and armpits of people and then use them to inoculate milk before making the cheese.

They previously made cheese from part of one of David Beckham’s football boots which was served at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

Mushrooms grown in the gallery using coffee grounds will be served in the museum cafe as an example of the “circular economy”, while edible water bottles made from seaweed extract will be on display and available to buy.

Co-curators Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan said the new show would use the story of food to examine “society, culture and pleasure” and “how we determine our relationship with the natural world”.

They said: “In an era of major ecological challenges, fast-changing societies and technological re-invention, now is a crucial moment to ask not just what will we be eating tomorrow, but what kind of food future do we want? What could it look like? And taste like?”

Food: Bigger than the Plate runs from May 18 to October 20. Visit the V&A, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL.

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Alfie Green
Alfie Green

You bring the rum, I'll bring the raspberries. Perfect daiquiris all round.

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