Faux Fin

Celebrate with Cell Ag.



Faux Fin, Shark Fin Soup is a premium, indulgent soup for Asian food lovers looking to celebrate a special occasion at home, or simply make an everyday meal just a little more special. Faux Fin is a modern take on a classic Chinese dish that has been long derided for its inhumane treatment of sharks. Our main ingredient, shark fin, has been cultured in a bioreactor with an algae based nutrient medium. It’s then added to the soup to give it the signature texture and taste that has been enjoyed for ages at Chinese Weddings, Holidays, and other special occasions. Using cellular agriculture, no sharks were harmed in the making of this soup. It’s a delicious, guilt-free way to indulge. 


One of the benefits of cellular agriculture is the ability to make certain luxury proteins more accessible to the public. We’ve seen this in Heritage Culture, another Future Market product, where premium cuts of beef such as Wagyu can be manufactured much more efficiently than conventional means. Cellular agriculture is also able to synthesize proteins that have proven to be unsustainable, inhumane, and/or taboo, such as shark fin soup.

Shark fin meat is cultured in a clean bioreactor, removing the need for hunting and killing a shark just for its fin. Not only is the cultured method more humane and sustainable for sharks and the ocean ecosystem, cellular agriculture makes this delicacy more affordable and socially acceptable to eat. To complete the recipe, we surround our shark fin with the highest quality ingredients: organic, free range chicken broth, wild caught shrimp, foraged mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. 

Shark fin soup was typically rare and expensive enough that it was only consumed during special occasions, such as weddings and holidays, and was almost exclusively eaten by Chinese and Vietnamese people. Now, with Faux Fin, shark fin soup is available to a much wider audience to enjoy at celebrations big and small. 


Concept Inspired By...

Faux Fin was inspired by the following movements, technologies, and trends in food today.

  • Cellular Agriculture: Cellular agriculture is the production of agricultural products through cell cultures. Instead of having to raise a cow, for example, one can take muscle cells from beef and grow them in a nutrient medium until their cells multiply and make more beef. Cellular agriculture as an industry is in its nascency, but researchers are already discovering ways to multiply beef, poultry, milk, and eggs to name a few. The end product is exactly like the product that’s made conventionally, with the only difference being how it was made. The hope is that one day we can have an alternate source of animal products that don’t require the animals to produce.  

    • Sample Organizations: Memphis Meats, Clara Foods, Perfect Day, New Harvest

    • Read More: New Harvest (http://bit.ly/2r4KWH3)