Thursday, February 03, 2005

Print Me Some Sushi, Please

There is an amazing article in the New York Times about Homaro Cantu, a chef who is also, well, a geek. Here's a small excerpt from the article:
Homaro Cantu's maki look a lot like the sushi rolls served at other upscale restaurants: pristine, coin-size disks stuffed with lumps of fresh crab and rice and wrapped in shiny nori. They also taste like sushi, deliciously fishy and seaweedy.

But the sushi made by Mr. Cantu, the 28-year-old executive chef at Moto in Chicago, often contains no fish. It is prepared on a Canon
i560 inkjet printer rather than a cutting board. He prints images of maki on pieces of edible paper made of soybeans and cornstarch, using organic, food-based inks of his own concoction. He then flavors the back of the paper, which is ordinarily used to put images onto birthday cakes, with powdered soy and seaweed seasonings.

The guy is just spectacularly inventive. And what he's creating brings to mind the words of British geneticist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane: "The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."

Here's the article link:

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