“What is the difference between apples and pears?” That’s an old Dutch saying that Ben Nijssen has pondered for his entire life. Any five-year-old could tell you the difference in taste, but a much smaller percentage of the population could speak on the chemical differences between the two fruits.
Food scientists and chefs have long been looking for ways to replicate the taste of meat without actually using meat. In China, for example, protein-rich tofu , bean curd, is a meat substitute. CGTN’s Mark Niu took a look at a new wave of startups, pushing the idea much further, by going to the “cellular level.”
My teeth pierce the crisp outer shell and sink through a fine layer of honey-infused dough, allowing the creme fraiche with its precious cargo of glossy caviar to spill over my tongue. The little black pearls pop like starbursts between my teeth, each sending a salty hit into the creamy, crispy, fluffy mix.
Chef Eduard Xatruch of Disfrutar in Barcelona likes to call this dish “the best sandwich in the world.” I choose to fondly remember it as a fried pillow of joy sent from heaven to save my tastebuds from yet another plate of patatas bravas.
After several years working for WalMart corporate headquarters, Robert Pellegrino was hungry for a different type of challenge.
Having worked as a sous-chef for a few restaurants while in college, he considered going to culinary school. After some research, though, he decided to pursue food science.
Mary Ellen Camire is professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine. She’s also the director of the University of Maine Sensory Evaluation Center, where much of her research focuses on how consumers respond to Maine-specific commodities, like seaweed, potatoes, berries and grains. We talked with her about her background in nutrition, why where you eat matters when you are taste testing and how the lab works with new local foods.