How chefs invent by free associating flavor layers

Flavor Fluency: Original Film Series

Project focus:
 Flavor Chains: How chefs invent recipes by layering free associations.

Why it is interesting: The Flavor Chain is one approach to inventing with flavors.

Project it is part of: Most people only ever learn to copy a recipe, if they learn to cook at all. But chefs somehow teach themselves to understand flavor, to prototype flavor combinations, and to invent recipes with it. It is not well-known how they learn to do this, as there is no standard way to learn flavor fluency. This is part of a larger inititaive to understand our felt sense of taste and how to design for it.

Role: Concept, Art Director, Producer.

Funding: Harvard University Office of the Provost.

Recognition: Premiered at the Cambridge Science Festival