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An 11-year-old was left ‘speechless’ after becoming one of the world’s first consumers to eat cultured meat in a restaurant. 

The news comes shortly after Singapore became the first country to approve of cell-based chicken created by Eat Just. 

Under the company’s Good Meat brand, the slaughter-free chicken was served to an inaugural table of customers – which included ‘a group of inspiring young people committed to building a better planet’. 

‘Change our entire lives’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, the 11-year-old guess said: “I’m speechless… It will save a lot of animals’ lives and it will be a lot more sustainable.”

His 12-year-old dining companion added: “It feels good to have chicken without feeling guilty.

“This chicken, it’s just chicken, but it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen or ever tasted. It’s definitely made me see how small things, like just changing the way we eat, can literally change our entire lives.” 

‘Historic accomplishment’

Co-founder and CEO of Eat Just Josh Tetrick said the ‘historic accomplishment’ wasn’t just the result of a ‘single company’s action’. 

“It’s the result of the imagination and tenacity of Willem van Eelen as well as the many scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs in the field who believed in the power of this idea before most of the folks at my company were even born, including me,” Tetrick said. 

“We’re thankful for them and will continue to carry on their important work.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.