The physicist in the kitchen

“It is a sad reflection on our civilisation that while we can and do measure the temperature in the atmosphere of Venus, we do not know what goes on inside a souffle…”

Nicholas Kurti

Professor Nicholas Kurti was Hungarian born. He was an expert in low temperature physics. First in Berlin and then in Oxford, after the rise of the Nazi Party. Subsequently, he became involved in the Allies Manhattan Project. A life long passionate amateur cook, in 1967 he launched new career in what he called gastrophysics. A series of dramatic lecture demonstrations eventually lead to a TV career. He is best known for inventing a reverse Bombe Alaska (hot inside/cold outside). using microwaves and special ice-cream recipe. Essentially he was the founder of molecular gastronomy, and heavily influenced the careers of Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal. Home cooks of the world unite – and may the force be with us. #masterbombemaker #letsmakelemonade

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