Cutting-edge chefs are thinking like scientists—whether they're inventing brand-new flavors in state-of-the-art laboratories or cooking with centrifuges. Here, how their kitchen science innovations are bringing us better chocolate, calorie-free food and a tastier waffle.

July 01, 2011

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Kitchen Science: Cool Gadgets

Immersion Circulator


 Wylie Dufresne transforms ordinary ingredients into extraordinary garnishes.

 Wylie Dufresne on creating unexpected presentations of familiar ingredients

More High-Tech Tools

Kitchen Science: Food & Flavors


Chilled Cucumber Soup
Chef Eric Skokan of Boulder, Colorado's Black Cat grows hundreds of vegetables at his farm, analyzing each variety for its best use. He prefers the Zagross Persian cucumber for this tangy soup.

Yeasty Waffles
Jeff Potter offers a waffle recipe made with yeast instead of baking powder in his book, Cooking for Geeks. A yeast enzyme called zymase helps make the waffles rich and sweet.

 Slideshow: Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Fluffy Omelet Soufflé
Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, of the food science blog, are beloved by chefs like Richard Blais for culinary innovations. Here, they share their method for creating a fluffy omelet from their new book, Ideas in Food.

Flavor Tripping

Dessert Lab

Innovations in Chocolate

Kitchen Science: Modernist Mixology

The Blueberry

The Aviary is Chicago chef Grant Achatz's new experimental cocktail lounge—there's no bar, no bartenders (chefs do the mixing) and each drink comes in a custom-designed glass. Here, a look at a creation called the Blueberry.

Out-There Cocktails

Kitchen Science: Style

Kitchen Table

Over 100 cooking tools—in categories such as "Those That Measure" and "Those That Divide"—appear on this Pop Chart Lab poster. $25;

Molecular Porcelain

These porcelain pieces by Belgian designer Pieter Stockmans come in 26 geometric shapes, including octagons and hexagons. From $3.50;

Bud Beakers

Flower vases evoke chemistry sets in these polished-aluminum pieces from Museum of Robots. $60 for three;

Lighting Science

The angular structure of the Agnes chandelier resembles a molecular diagram. From $6,000;