Tuesday, November 26, 2013

White House To Host Thanksgiving-Themed Food Science Event With Pastry Chef Bill Yosses And Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell

Burrell cooked with FLOTUS last April
Wednesday: Holiday edition of online series 'We the Geeks' will explore the science behind cooking turkey and all the fixings...
Washington, DC - Just before President Barack Obama pardons the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey on Wednesday, the White House will host a "We the Geeks" Google+ Hangout devoted to the science of cooking less fortunate birds. 
 
During the 12:00 PM ET event, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, a food science expert, will "talk turkey" with Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell and other luminaries. 

The public is invited to watch at www.WhiteHouse.gov/wethegeeks and ask questions with the hashtag #wethegeeks on the @WhiteHouse Twitter account. 

"You’re invited to join me and a lineup of top food experts as we “talk turkey” and dive into our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking," Yosses wrote on the White House blog.

"We’ll be drilling down into the science behind what makes turkey so tasty, why we feel compelled to nap after eating it, and the secret science sauce behind brining and marinating," Yosses said.

Yosses knows all about brining:  The First Family will be enjoying a brined turkey for Thanksgiving.  CLICK HERE for the menu with White House recipes, which includes Yosses' exceptional pies.  

Burrell has made repeat Let's Move!-themed visits to the White House, most recently for a cooking demonstration with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll.  

Also joining the Hangout will be former NASA astronaut Ron Garan and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Kumar Garg.  The discussion will also include "the raw science behind turkey, stuffing, and other fixins’ on our Thanksgiving tables like breads, whole grains, flour, and gluten," Yosses said.

"We’ll also shed light on the exciting chemistry behind cooking and eating: How much carbon dioxide do we consume when eat a meal? And what exactly is fermentation anyway?" Yosses said.


Getting children excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through cooking will also be covered during the Hangout, Yosses said.


Since 2010, Yosses has annually lectured at Harvard University about the science of cooking, as well as at other heady venues.  


President Obama is scheduled to pardon the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey following the Hangout at 1:15 PM ET.  It will be livestreamed at wh.gov/live.

*CLICK HERE For links to all Thanksgiving posts.

*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama