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Play With Your Food (and Drink) With Moleclue-R

Culinary creativity is having a moment, perhaps due to the obsession with taking and sharing #foodporn. This interest has plugged into a dialogue in progress among foodies about how to make food more exciting, experimental and viral. At the front of this conversation, boundary pushing chefs, who have sought to turn the kitchen into a lab for modernist cuisine by borrowing best practices from art, science, and technology. But for as open source and genre-bending as the movement, molecular gastronomy has always required a reservation – until Molecule-R. Designed as a way to make it possible to experiment with techniques and ideas of molecular gastronomy at home, Molecule-R is behind a collection of kits and cookbooks for the DIY dining disrupter. Here, founders Jonathan Coutu and Jerome De Champlain share inspiration and their favorite of-the-moment apps. 

What does style mean to you? 

Boldness in shape, texture and taste.

What’s your favorite app? 

We love the (massive) Modernist Cuisine Encyclopedia by Nathan Myhrvold and as such are huge fans of the much more portable Modernist Cuisine at Home tablet app. We’ve also recently downloaded Molecular Gastronomy by Primolicious! It’s a clear glosser of most molecular gastronomy related terminology.

What’s the inspiration behind Molecule-R?

When we first started, it was celebrity chefs Ferran Adrià, Heston Blumenthal and Wylie Dufresne – all known for their use of molecular gastronomy in their own kitchens and work in modernist cuisine. Now? The awesome foodies, chefs and food geeks who use our products to play with their food—and sometimes turn it into a work of art.

What is the central innovation of Molecule-R?

Through our products, educational material, online presence and the community surrounding our brand, we hope to help achieve the democratization of the techniques and ideas of molecular gastronomy.