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For the Professional

What is Modern Cooking?

About 10 years ago, a revolution in cooking began. Pioneering chefs like Ferran Adria, Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal and Wylie Dusfresne started applying a new approach to cooking. It was based on a deeper understanding of the science of food and cooking combined with the use of non-traditional ingredients and techniques.

The trend they started goes by various names including Molecular Gastronomy, Modernist Cuisine and Experimental Cooking. We prefer to just call it Modern Cooking. But whatever you call it, this movement had an undeniable impact on the restaurant industry.

Why Should You Care?

Chefs at restaurants like El Bulli, Alinea, and Noma have embraced Modern Cooking. And it is no coincidence that they have earned Michelin stars and dominated the lists of top restaurants in the world for the past decade.

Savvy chefs everywhere are using the magic of modern ingredients and techniques to create remarkable new dishes and to reimagine old favorites. In essence, these kitchen alchemists have discovered the secret to creating culinary gold.

Everyone in the industry understands the importance of word-of-mouth in driving customers, accolades and awards. But the smartest cooks also know that there is no word-of-mouth without something to talk about. People don’t talk about ordinary experiences. They do share remarkable ones. And by embracing Modern Cooking, a number of innovators have risen to the top by creating unique culinary experiences, the type that people can’t help but talk about.

A Common Myth/Misunderstanding

But there’s an important misconception surrounding modern ingredients and techniques. Many think they’re only for white tablecloth service or elaborate tasting menus. The truth is that any cook can significantly up their culinary game by understanding the principles, applications and ingredients used in Modern Cooking. In fact, thousands of cooks in quick serve, family dining, and catering use them every day to improve consistency, cut prep time, increase yields, reduce costs and just create better products. Their customers may have no idea what Modern Cooking is, but can’t help but be wowed by the results.

How Can We Help You?

At Modernist Pantry, we’re a one-stop shop and the only source of many modern tools and ingredients. Tens of thousands of culinary professionals around the world depend on our speedy and reliable service. We carry only the highest quality food grade ingredients (not the cheap industrial grades of some competitors). In fact, we meet or exceed even the most demanding standards, including certification by the Orthodox Union. That’s why we’re the vendor of choice for the most prestigious culinary schools, restaurants, bars and catering operations. Whether you’re an accomplished modern cook or just getting started, we have something for you.

We supply bulk ingredient needs for the largest commercial kitchens at wholesale prices. We also provide small inexpensive quantities, ideal for experimentation. We carry an array of unique timesaving tools. And we provide information, education and personalized support to help you succeed.

So whether you are looking for a James Beard nomination, to create an unbreakable sauce, or just to improve your yield on tenderloin, we’re here to help.

We also offer special services and benefits for verified professional kitchens and chefs including credit accounts. Contact janie@modernistpantry.com for more details.