Science of Cooking makes Aspen debut
Special to The Aspen Times
There’s a new star in the Aspen firmament: the brand new Science of Cooking hosted by the Aspen Science Center and Cooking School of Aspen.
Eating (a favorite Aspen activity) is a major part of a Science of Cooking evening, but just as important is preparation: knowing the tricks of the kitchen — the what, why and how of putting together a gourmet three-course dinner.
Participants in the first session, held recently at the Cooking School, watched preparation, plating and final touches while two chefs and three other experts explained and demonstrated the science of everything involved, from kitchen equipment, time and temperature, to why the sous vide steak was perfectly rare all the way through, and what kept the hazelnut mousse from collapsing.
The chefs were Matt Steele and Robbie Kostrba of the Cooking School.The other experts were Mike Simmons, board chair; David Houggy, president of the Aspen Science Center; and Rob Ittner, owner of Cooking School of Aspen.
They’re all notable cooks in their own kitchens and they know the whys and wherefores of their creations. So while participants polished off each course served with paired wines, they watched demonstrations of the secrets behind what was on their plates and new tricks for creating simple dishes like whipped potatoes and flavored al dente carrots to more complicated ones like pork cheeks with caramelized apple and crisp herbs.
The takeaway: Science is essential, and once you know simple, not mysterious, principles underlying the use of appliances, electronics, time, temperature and the transformation of ingredients, you’ll not only be a smarter cook, you’ll also have a lot more fun in the kitchen and at the dinner table.
The next Science of Cooking is Aug. 15, with limited attendance so everyone has a chance to interact with the chefs and experts. Information and registration are at Aspen Science Center, 970-236-2360; the Cooking School of Aspen, 970-920-2002, as well as at aspensciencecenter.org.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Nearly five dozen racers competed in the Owl Creek Chase on March 7, continuing a longtime tradition for the local cross-country ski community.