Alinea’s Signature Edible Balloons Have Been Ripped Off

May 25, 2017

A Canadian company is to blame

Alinea, one of Chicago’s most important, internationally acclaimed restaurants, has, uh, “inspired” some other culinary wizards yet again. The latest copycat appears to be a new company out of Toronto called Edible Balloons that is producing machines that can blow “taffy-like” balloons that look uncannily like the toffee-based ones that have been on Alinea’s menu since 2012. The balloon was originally created by Alinea’s executive chef Mike Bagale; during a 2016 interview, Bagale called the unusual dish a “step forward in cuisine; this is actually something that hasn’t been done before.”

Edible Balloon’s owner,