Meet Professor Herve This and his theory of molecular cuisine

Professor Herve This is revered as the father of molecular gastronomy - the science behind molecular cuisine.
Professor Herve This is revered as the father of molecular gastronomy - the science behind molecular cuisine.PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Take a chicken. Any chicken. Break it down into parts. No, not your favourite drumstick, wing or breast meat. Deconstruct it into what it really is: water, proteins, lipids, amino acids - many, many kinds from alanine to leucine - and whatever compounds that add up to make a chicken a chicken and not a farm-reared sea bass.

Now, throw that chicken away and take a cherry. It's got pectin, cellulose and water. Fragrance molecules, colour from beta carotene and anthocyanins, sweetness, acidity, freshness - basically a complex kettle of chemical bits and pieces from one little fruit.

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