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College tells chemistry majors to learn cooking

Jozef Youssef and Katerina Stavra cook in a kitchen
Chemist Katerina Stavri and chef Jozef Youssef in Imperial College’s Chemical Kitchen.

Imperial College in London will require all first-year Chemistry majors to take a cooking class.

The pilot experiment will be aimed at developing key culinary skills, including following a recipe (and experiencing the ambiguities and challenges of translating written instructions into action); documenting the stages of creating a new dish; developing the skills of observation, precision and dexterity; achieving consistency of presentation (repeatedly ’plating’ a dish according to prescribed instructions); and listening to constructive criticism.

“There are a lot of similarities between a chemistry laboratory and an experimental kitchen,” said Katerina Stavri, a chemistry graduate. “A Chemical Kitchen requires creativity and intuition in the same way as research labs.”

Via Annie Holmquist on Intellectual Takeout.



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