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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 2:35:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 2:47:23 PM

Proposals for Culinary Wikipedia

Culinary Wikipedia to rewrite language of cooking and decode DNA.

A PROPOSAL that imagines cooking as a programming language and another pitch that extracts the “DNA” of cooking have been selected to help Spanish chef Ferran Adria develop the gastronomic equivalent of Wikipedia.

After putting out an open call to scientists, engineers and “data visualization experts” for innovative ideas on how to create the largest virtual library of gastronomic knowledge in the world, organisers selected two proposals from Spain, both of which take a granular approach to the project.

One team, for instance, impressed judges with their program dubbed Huevo (which means egg in Spanish) that would rewrite cooking into a computer-like programming language: food ingredients are turned into data, cooking techniques made into applied functions, and recipes rewritten as algorithms.

All the information would be stored within Bullipedia.

In the same vein, the creators of Genesis also proposed a program that deconstructs dishes and recipes at the “DNA level”.

If a chef is looking to reinvent gazpacho, for instance, the program traces the genealogy of the dish with information that includes its origins, seasonality, and ingredients.

The graphic image – made up of lines and arrows – is meant to help chefs chart their own unexplored pathways and take the dish on a different trajectory in an exercise that could be described as controlled creativity.

Winners will be working with the Bullipedia team in Barcelona for three months. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, BulliPedia, Culinary Wikipedia, ferran Adria

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