AMSTERDAM Dec 22 Two Dutch TV hosts
cooked and ate each other's flesh, sampling fried buttock and
fried belly, and pushing the boundaries of bad taste on
Wednesday night in a programme aired by Dutch broadcaster BNN.
A butcher advised presenters Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno
on which were the best cuts of human flesh, and a surgeon
removed the strips of muscle from Storm's left buttock cheek and
A chef fried the flesh, and served it to Storm and Zeno with
green asparagus on the side.
Zeno described the experience as similar to eating a piece
of car tyre, and took a while to swallow his food on air.
Storm cleaned his plate a bit faster, and jokingly likened
his own "meat" to Kobe beef because he takes good care of his
body and health.
"It's sick," said Anna Mees, 25, who watched the show.
Storm and Zeno said they got the idea after seeing the film
"Alive" about how members of a rugby team ate human flesh to
survive after their plane crashed in a remote spot.
"Since than I have always wondered what human flesh would
taste like," Zeno told Reuters.
Both Zeno and Storm said they would not do it again because
it would involve more surgery.
Cannibalism is legal in the Netherlands.
"Only when it involves maltreatment or when it violates
common decency is cannibalism illegal," Gerard Spong, a Dutch
lawyer who specialises in criminal law, told Reuters.
Some media, citing BNN, reported that the stunt, shown on
science programme "Guinea Pigs", was a hoax.
But BNN press officer Thijs Verheij told Reuters that BNN
had never said it was a hoax and that the flesh-tasting really
took place. Zeno showed Reuters a scar on his belly where his
flesh was removed.
The Netherlands has become a breeding ground for new TV
formats, and brought the reality show "Big Brother" to the world
In 2007, BNN aired a "donor show" where an allegedly
terminally ill woman would donate her kidney to one of three
candidates with a kidney problem.
At the end of that show, the presenter announced that the
woman was an actress and that the show was a hoax, and that the
intention had been to shock people into the realisation that the
country lacked enough donors.
(Editing By Sara Webb and Paul Casciato)