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Food and Cooking Through Science    NEW!

Class Overview 

Gain a deeper insight into what’s going on when you cook and bake! Whether you are a home cook or a professional, you can become a better cook with a little knowledge about the science of food and cooking. You'll fall in love with cooking, as well as the beauty of nature and the amazing world we live in.

Many techniques still taught in culinary schools are based on tradition rather than science, and both offer great benefits. In this class, you'll focus on understanding the fascinating field of food science with a combination of fun and interesting lectures, demos, and some hands-on cooking and baking. Learn to make better choices about cooking methods and techniques and how to produce better finished products more easily and consistently. Learn modern techniques and scientific principles. Elevate your cooking and your knowledge about how food works, cooking and baking chemistry and techniques, nutrition, and sustainability!

This class will teach many fundamental concepts and apply them to real-world cooking and baking. Below are some of the areas that will be covered in this class. All of these topics will be taught in a way that is accessible to anyone, regardless of their science background. 

Topics covered include:

  • basic chemistry (heat, molecules, bonds and attraction, chemical reactions, etc.) 
  • food molecules and how they work (water, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates)
  • colloids, pectins, gums, solutions and solubility, etc.
  • gluten and other interesting substances
  • pH, acids and bases
  • fermentation
  • reactions in cooking and baking
  • colors in food
  • flavors, aromas, and multi-sensory perception (all about how we taste things)
  • all about salts
  • pathogens and other icky things
  • everything you always wanted to know about eggs* (*but were afraid to ask) 

All supplies and materials are included. 

This course is approved for 30 continuing education hours toward your application for certification by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), or recertification.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of how foods work, interact, and change through cooking and other culinary techniques
  • Learn best techniques for preparing different foods based on their chemistry and attributes 
  • Gain more efficient and reliable cooking and baking techniques  
  • Improve understanding about science through the lens of food 
  • Be able to create incredible dishes using modern techniques and scientific principles 


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Home cooks and bakers interested in improving their skills and knowledge 
  • People interested in science who would enjoy applying their knowledge to food, cooking and baking
  • Anyone who is curious to learn more about science and how the world works
  • Professional cooks and bakers who would like more technical understanding from a science perspective 
  • People interested in certification or re-certification by the  American Culinary Federation (ACF), seeking continuing education hours. 



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