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Chemistry of Cuisine Community Engagement Workshop 11/19/2019


Take a Closer Look at Your Food Choices for Better Health with the Chemistry of Cuisine 

High School Workshop

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

** New Location ** Valley Road Campus, 1600 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ

 All High School Districts are invited!


This workshop is designed to empower and challenge you to critically evaluate your food choices on the basis of nutrition, safety, and sustainability. Learn about chemical concepts as they pertain to food, the culinary industry, agriculture, taste and nutrition. Covering the basics of chemistry, this workshop will explain how science impacts food and beverages in everyday life. Learn about chemical interactions and how they impact food texture, flavor, and safety. Popular food myths, such as “searing meat seals in the juices” and “dark roast coffee is stronger (has more caffeine),” are debunked. Learn how to balance flavors with efficiency and economy. View demonstrations that show the effect of heat on proteins, gluten balls and sugar cookies. 

The workshop will be conducted by chemistry professors at William Paterson University under the direction of Bhanu Chauhan, professor and chair, and Jay Foley, assistant professor, in the Department of Chemistry.



Chemical Components of Flavor

Chemical Components  of Nutrition


Chemical Transformations in Food Preparation

Chemical Aspects of Agriculture

Chemistry of Haute Cuisine


Salty (salts)

Sweet(sugars, aldehydes),

Sour (acids),

Bitter Umami

Flavor receptors

Balancing flavors

Calories and metabolism




Denaturation and

Maillard Reactions





Energy and resource demand

Food safety considerations

Efficiency and economy



Phase diagrams

Sous vide cooking


** Please Note ** Group Leaders should register and will be contacted prior to the start of the event for a total headcount.

Instructor : Prof. Bhanu Chauhan, Asst. Prof. Jay Foley
Dates : 11/19/19
Days : Tues
From : 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fee : $ 0.00
Course Number : E067

Class is full at this time please call 973-720-2354 to be placed on a waiting list

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