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About the Course

This course introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. All topics covered have a strong basis in biology, chemistry, and physics application. Among others, they include the consumption of cooked food, the physiological and evolutionary implication of the senses, geographic and cultural influences on food, and the rationale behind food preparation. We will also discuss issues such as coupling of senses to improve sense stimulation; altering flavor by chemical means; and modification of the coloration to improve the appearance of dishes. Following the video demonstrations of the scientific principles of cooking, you will learn to recognize the key ingredients and their combinations for preparing good healthy food. At the end of this course, you will be able to: - appreciate the scientific basis of various recipes; - develop your own recipes by integrating some of the scientific principles into new dishes; - recognize the influence of the material world on human perception from the different senses; - appreciate the art of integrating science into cooking and dining. Important Note: This course is not designed for people with special dietary needs such as vegetarian, diabetic, and gluten-free diets. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the assignments or activities of this course, you can substitute some of the ingredients or ask friends and family members to help with the tasting of your assignments. Alternatively, you may skip that specific assignment provided that you have fulfilled all other qualifying requirement to pass the course. Course Overview video:

Top reviews

Sep 28, 2020

Thank you very much Professor Chow and Professor Yeung as well as to your student assistants. I find the topics, demonstrations and assignments very interesting and useful in my profession.

Jul 7, 2018

Waiting for an extension to this course but at an advanced levelThis course is really valuable. It was presented in a simple and fun way I enjoyed studying with you thank you

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Aug 23, 2020

the way of explaining and the essays were relevant to the topic developed

By Amit J

Jul 20, 2020

Awesome course, gives you the insights of cooking using different factors

By Alejandro D V C

Apr 7, 2020

muy buen curso me ayudo a reforzar mi información aprendida en mi carrera

By Rodrigo D

Jan 31, 2017

Very interesting, the scientific approach to cooking and eating.

By Dr A D

Sep 14, 2020

It was very interesting and informative. It was well presented

By Thomas M U

Sep 21, 2020

post course certigficates - where can I purchase that please.

By José R d S J

May 29, 2020

Thank you for your participation in this course. Thank you!


Sep 28, 2020

Increíble curso, excelente para los profesionistas del ramo

By yuli

Dec 18, 2016

so glad i pass the course exam,thanks to all teachers。

By Tamara W

Jan 14, 2017

Great experience with a fun learning environment.

By Chef U J

Sep 11, 2020

amazing study material ,and good to know facts

By Aida d H

Apr 21, 2020

Learned so much. Enjoyed every topic. Thank you

By krishnapriya h

Jun 2, 2018

very knowledgable,i will surely recommend this

By María F S H

Feb 26, 2019

gran aprendizaje y excelentes profesores

By Allan I

Nov 12, 2018

<3 Wonderfull, it's changing my life.

By Miguel S

Oct 22, 2016

fun and the same time educational!

By Jose A M G

Aug 4, 2019

Great course. I've learnt a lot!

By Lucas M d M S

Feb 9, 2021

It was exactly what I expected.

By Anusha J K

Jun 28, 2020

I had fun learning this course.

By Andini K

Sep 29, 2020

I know how prepare good meal.

By Akhil M C G

Mar 27, 2020

nice course i have ever done

By Faiza b k

Apr 28, 2018

It’s amazing n knowledgeable

By Hu J

Dec 18, 2020

Good time with all of you!

By Lina M

Jun 6, 2018

I enjoyed it very much!

By Gustavo R M

Aug 24, 2020

Very good! Recomend!