When it comes to food, why do we make the choices that we do? Why does our brain sometimes feel so out of sync with our stomach? Take a closer look at food through the lens of science as GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III talks with our experts to uncover some of the fascinating and surprising facts that influence our food consumption. Edgar will select questions from the audience and even ask you a few of his own!
Rachel Herz, PhD
Racheis a neuroscientist and leading world expert on the psychological science of smell working to uncover the fascinating and surprising facts that affect our choices when it comes to food. She is also a professional consultant to various industries regarding scent, taste, food and flavor, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in legal cases involving olfaction. Dr. Herz is the author of several books including her latest book Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food which explores how our senses, brain and psychology govern our perception of food, and the experiences and consequences of eating. She is also on the faculty of Brown University and Boston College.
Vayu Maini Rekdal
Miller Institute Fellow at University of California, Berkeley
Vayu is a scientist, chef, educator and a current Miller Institute Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. He fell in love with cooking at a young age in his multicultural home in Stockholm, Sweden. He first moved to the U.S to work in restaurants, but the flavors, textures, and sensations of the kitchen led him to scientific research. Vayu’s current research explores how we harness microorganisms to sustainably produce delicious and nutritious foods. Vayu shares his passion for cooking and science with the next generation through his Young Chefs Program, which teaches scientific methods and concepts through the language of food.
Hosted by Edgar B. Herwick III of GBH’s Curiosity Desk
Edgar runs GBH’s Curiosity Desk, where he aims to dig a little deeper (and sometimes askew) into topics in the news and looks for answers to questions posed by the world around us.
This virtual event will begin at 7pm Eastern Standard Time.
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