SINGAPORE, June 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, the National University of Singapore and Science Centre Singapore announced today that Professor Hervé THIS, the internationally renowned chemist and pioneering founder of the cutting edge field of Molecular Gastronomy, will be holding a series of events and speaking engagements the week of 24 June in Singapore.

“At-Sunrice is honoured to bring Professor THIS to Singapore for our 2018 Distinguished Speaker Series and introduce an entirely new audience to his revolutionary and inspiring approach to the culinary sciences,” said Dr. Kwan Lui, founder of At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy.  “We encourage our At-Sunrice students to go beyond the craft and art of culinary education into the five domains incorporating Craft, Art, Science, Gastronomy and the Business of Food. Professor THIS uses chemistry, physics and biology to challenge traditional ideas of cooking and eating – and his discoveries will intrigue chefs, gourmets, famers, supply chain and scientists on all levels.”

A physical chemist at France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research, Professor THIS is regarded as a true culinary revolutionary who has spent his career bringing science into the kitchen, both to explain traditional cooking and then to dismantle it. Hailed by The New York Times as “France’s favorite gastronomic mad scientist,” Professor THIS is one of the two founders of molecular gastronomy, a subdivision of food science that emphasizes the chemical components of cooking and food.

Professor THIS is also the pioneer of a new technique called “Note-by-Note” cooking – building food from pure chemical compounds which can help eliminate food waste and eventually end world hunger. Note by Note cooking bypasses traditional ingredients like vegetables, meat and fruit in favor of their underlying compounds like protein, lipids, saccharides, phenolics, etc. – which it reassembles for an endless range of culinary possibilities.  “If you use pure compounds, you open up billions and billions of new possibilities,” said Professor THIS. “It’s like a painter using primary colours or a musician composing wave by wave with a synthesizer.”

On Tuesday, June 26, Professor THIS will present a public lecture on the science of Molecular Gastronomy and Note-by-Note Cooking at the Science Centre. Professor THIS will explain his philosophy of science and cooking and give hands on demonstrations of Molecular Gastronomy techniques and innovations. 

“Cooking involves many physical and chemical changes which have their roots in science,” said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, chief executive, Science Centre Singapore. “We are really pleased to offer a rare opportunity to view this everyday process through a scientist’s lens and hope it stimulates inquiry and experimentation around food.  We are really honoured to have internationally renowned chef-scientist Hervé THIS at the Science Centre, bringing us a unique educational experience and an awareness of science in a very special way. Professor THIS blends science, research and cooking to create culinary trends and is a pioneer of molecular gastronomy.  The Science Centre is a place for our guests to imbibe essential knowledge about the world through exploration and discovery and we are thankful for such partnerships that help us achieve our mission of inculcating a love for science.”

On Thursday, June 28, Professor THIS will lecture on “Molecular Gastronomy and the Future of Food” at the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore. This talk is free and open to the public.

Professor Shen Zuowei, Dean, Faculty of Science, said, “We are honoured to host Prof THIS’ lecture at NUS. This event is timely, as it also marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of our unique Master of Science Degree Programme in Science Communication jointly offered with The Australian National University, which equips students to become confident and effective communicators of science to the general public. Prof THIS’ visual demonstrations on how recent research in chemistry, physics and biology can create novel food tastes and flavours is an excellent example of how creative science communication can capture the public imagination and help non-scientists to understand the compelling impact of science on our daily lives.”

 In addition to the speaking engagements above, Professor THIS will be the keynote speaker for At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy’s Graduation Ceremony and TalentMatch© events on Wednesday, June 27. More details on TalentMatch© can be found at https://www.at-sunrice.com/news-and-events/talentmatch/

 About At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy

 At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy has been cultivating global chefs and F&B professionals in an experiential environment of culinary authenticity, best-fit apprenticeship and innovation since 2001. With an internationally experienced faculty and staff, state of the art facilities and strong industry partnerships, the Academy delivers skills and knowledge in East and West, Old and New World Cuisines, Herbs and Spices, Innovation and Technology as well as enables the diploma students to spend their last six months in a paid Overseas Industrial Attachment. At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is the first culinary academy in Singapore to be awarded the National Continuing Education and Training Institution (NCI) accreditation, allowing the academy to administer nationally-recognized diplomas that offer up to 70 percent fee subsidies for Singaporeans and permanent residents. It was also the first culinary school to be awarded the EduTrust 4-year certification from the Committee for Private Education (CPE). For more information about At-Sunrice visit www.at-sunrice.com.

About National University of Singapore

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. NUS has 17 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 38,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives. NUS also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community. NUS takes an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to research, working with partners from industry, government and academia, to address crucial and complex issues relevant to Asia and the world. Researchers in NUS’ Schools and Faculties, 30 university-level research institutes and centres, and Research Centres of Excellence cover a wide range of themes including: energy, environmental and urban sustainability; treatment and prevention of diseases common among Asians; active ageing; advanced materials; risk management and resilience of financial systems. The University’s latest research focus is to use data science, operations research and cybersecurity to support Singapore's Smart Nation initiative. For more information on NUS, please visit www.nus.edu.sg.

About Science Centre Singapore   

Science Centre Singapore, a non-formal educational institution and leading regional Science Centre, along with its group of attractions, brings out the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique blend of exhibitions, educational programmes and events. A custodian of creativity and innovation, Science Centre Singapore has captured the evolution of scientific developments for nearly four decades. The Centre and its partners have played a pivotal role in transforming the way students and the public interact with and learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since 1997, the Centre has welcomed over 30 million visitors and inspired them with more than 1,000 exhibits spread across 14 exhibition galleries and outdoor exhibition spaces. The Centre’s group of attractions include Omni-Theatre, Snow City and KidsSTOP™. The Omni-Theatre is an immersive dual-technology edutainment destination fitted with Southeast Asia’s largest seamless dome screen and featuring the latest and brightest 8k digital fulldome system in the world. Snow City is Singapore’s only permanent indoor snow centre offering an Arctic inspired experience at Singapore’s first ice gallery and snow chamber. KidsSTOP™ - Where every child gets to Imagine, Experience, Discover and Dream - is Singapore’s first children’s science centre offering an enriching experience through purposeful play for children aged 18 months to 8 years old. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg

 

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Amanda Liok
At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy
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amanda_liok@at-sunrice.edu.sg