Gastronomy & Food Service

New Culture Partners with Chef Nancy Silverton to Launch “Revolutionary” Animal-Free Mozzarella in 2024

Precision fermentation startup New Culture announces it is partnering with iconic chef and restauranteur Nancy Silverton to launch its first product – animal-free mozzarella – in Silverton’s acclaimed Pizzeria Mozza restaurant in 2024. New Culture says the debut will mark a significant milestone in making its animal-free dairy cheese available to consumers. 

“New Culture’s mozzarella is a first-of-its-kind product, and we couldn’t be prouder to introduce it with Nancy Silverton”

As the co-owner of the renowned Mozza Restaurant Group, Silverton is known for her focus on high-quality pizza crust and premium mozzarella cheese.  According to New Culture, its product is the first animal-free cheese to meet Silverton’s high standards and be offered on the meny at any of her restaurants. The launch will feature two new pizzas: A traditional Margherita and a caponata pizza with eggplant, tomato confit, pickled onions and caperberries. 

New Culture says it worked closely with Silverton to develop the new recipes, and notes Silverton’s experimentation and input played a major role in helping the startup refine and prepare its first product for market. 

Silverton Animal-Free Cheese
Nancy Silverton ©New Culture

Market debut

The partnership also includes a series of New Culture + Pizzeria Mozza launch events, which will serve as the public debut of New Culture’s cheese, while showing the custom pizzas. The first event is expected slated in early June at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, followed by additional events in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco.

“We believe consumers shouldn’t have to compromise on stretch, melt, taste or sustainability when enjoying their favorite cheeses and we can’t wait to see New Culture mozzarella on pizzeria menus nationwide, starting at Pizzeria Mozza,” said Inja Radman, CSO and co-founder of New Culture.

new culture's vegan mozzarella banner
© New Culture

Building expert team

Described as the “world’s first” cheese made with animal-free casein, New Culture’s mozzarella offers the same melt and stretch of dairy cheese, but is made without any animal inputs. Using precision fermentation, the company says it is combining traditional cheese-making methods with innovative food tech, and its mozzarella bakes, bubbles and browns like the real thing. 

Over the past year, New Culture has been adding expert leaders to its team as it prepares for commercial launch in 2024, including hiring Follow Your Heart’s former VP of product development James Jones, and appointing Hu chocolate CEO Mark Ramadan to its board. 

New Culture animal-free mozzarella pizza slice
© New Culture

In 2022, the startup announced a partnership with agribusiness giant ADM to accelerate the commercialization of its animal-free mozzarella. To date, New Culture has raised over $25M in funding. 

“New Culture’s mozzarella is a first-of-its-kind product, and we couldn’t be prouder to introduce it with Nancy Silverton, who is an iconic chef, restaurateur, baker and pizzaiola,” said Matt Gibson, CEO and co-founder of New Culture.”It’s quite literally the perfect pairing.”

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