If you are in the NYC area on Saturday, February 27, 2010 stop by the Umami Festival! Yours truly has been selected along with 3 other student to represent The Insitute of Culinary Education in the 2010 Cooking-Art Challege!
Umami: Food and Art Festival is a non-profit, biennale event created in 2008. The festival works in partnership with other organizations in New York City to foster collaborations between artists and food professionals.
Teams of students from the city’s top culinary and arts programs will work together to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. They will have 80 minutes to create dishes exploring the relationship between cooking and art. A panel of distinguished judges will evaluate their efforts.
Umami is the fifth taste sensed by the human tongue (in addition to sweet, salty, bitter and sour). Umami is a Japanese word meaning “savory” or “meaty” and applies to a sensation common in meats, cheese and other protein-rich foods or to “earthy” foods such as mushrooms and soy sauce.