Kitchen Hack Lab: Food Hacking for Techies

Location: Marina Ballroom E Level: Novice

Chefs are a lot like hardware hackers. Both geek out, absorbing the specs of (vegetables/technology) for the purpose of creating something that nobody else has: innovative food/new machines.

Food Hacking is the red-headed stepchild of Molecular Gastronomy. Open source recipe development vs. secret restaurant techniques, hacked hardware vs. expensive science toys. And anybody can do it!

This Hack Lab will explore hacked culinary techniques and demonstrate hacked kitchen appliances. With audience participation, we will spend some time preparing variants of weird food, recording our prep and tasting notes in the Hack Lab wiki.

We will also present other ventures, including our recent hack lab tours and some new culinary software—peppered throughout with a healthy, geeky dose of food science trivia/gossip. Get ready to eat and learn more about food than you could ever possibly retain!

Marc Powell

Food Hacking

Marc Powell is a hacker chef based out of San Francisco’s only hacker bed and breakfast, Unicorn Precinct XIII ( He apprenticed in the research kitchen of Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant
The Fat Duck (, aka the bleeding edge of the molecular
gastronomy movement. He enjoys open-source recipe development, collaborative food hacking labs, and writing culinary software.


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