The world population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, raising widespread concerns about how to feed such an immense quantity of people. Hervé This, the French physical chemist who invented molecular gastronomy, joined HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss how science can shape the future of food.
This has invented what he calls "note-by-note" cuisine, which mixes chemical compounds to create a new form of cuisine. The elemental compounds take the form of powders and vitamins, which can be congealed or melted down into a single meal.
“Thirty years ago, when I proposed molecular cooking, everybody was telling me… traditional was better and so on. Today when you go in the kitchen of restaurants and even for catering schools… they cook with molecular cooking technique,“ This noted, pointing to the progress made over the past few decades.
Despite the chemical nature of the food and the rising popularity of organic options, This believes that molecular gastronomy does have a place in the evolving food landscape.
“For myself and for my children, I prefer traditional food well produced rather than organic food that would be poorly produced. We should not confuse the question of quality and the question of money and labels,” This said.
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Chicago's <a href="https://content.alinearestaurant.com/html/index.html" target="_blank">Alinea</a> has been wildly successful with food based on a combination science and art -- they are currently the only three-Michelin-star restaurant in Chicago. The mix of cutting-edge techniques with never-before-seen presentation styles has helped Alinea emerge as a leader in culinary innovation since its opening in 2005. Since August 2012, Alinea has taken to selling "tickets," varying between $210 and $265 per person depending on the day of the week (usually around $240) not including tax, wine, or gratuity, instead of traditional reservations. Despite what may sound like a high price, Alinea is extremely exclusive and it is consistently sold out at least a few months in advance.
Atelier Crenn, located on San Francisco's popular Fillmore Street, has two Michelin stars. The restaurant's highest aim is to achieve "poetica culinaria," and it offers two <a href="http://ateliercrenn.com/food_menu.pdf" target="_blank">tasting menus</a> that embody chef and owner Dominique Crenn's belief that, as she told Cavallo Magazine, <a href="http://cavallomag.com/article/atelier-crenn-poetic-culinaria/" target="_blank">"food is art."</a>
Smitten Ice Cream
San Francisco's <a href="http://smittenicecream.com/home/Our_Story.html" target="_blank">"new, old fashioned ice cream"</a> shop makes their dessert with the owner Robyn Sue Fisher's ice cream machine "Brrr." "Brrr"'s use of liquid nitrogen eliminates the wait traditionally necessary for making ice cream, and produces it in a single minute. <a href="http://smittenicecream.com/home/Menu.html" target="_blank">The menu</a> includes both season and classic flavors.
Chicago's <a href="http://www.motorestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Moto</a> offers a seasonal nightly tasting menu for $175 per person. They describe their cuisine as <a href="http://www.motorestaurant.com/about/" target="_blank">"multi-sensory,"</a> and refer to their kitchen as both a laboratory and a canvas.
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