Flavour: Mingled sensation of smell and taste. (NZOD) But according to flavour chemist Justin Bendall that’s an over-simplified definition. Flavour comprises taste, aroma, odour, pungency and mouthfeel. Amelia Nurse takes Justin to chef Ryan Tattersal’s restaurant Cobar in Days Bay to discuss these elements of taste and conduct related experiments on the unsuspecting Carol Davidson.
Aspects of flavour, how our other senses influence flavour, why you should always have white wine with seafood, the Garcia Effect - and an experiment with water, sugar and lemon.
Spicy food and how to counteract the burn when you overdo it, the Scoville Scale, a chilli tasting test, why we don't put burgers in blenders, and tasting three versions of strawberries to see which is the most strawberry-ish.
Volatile compounds, manufactured smell for emphasis, identifying dilute solutions, concentration versus potency, capsicum in Sauvignon Blanc and milk - and something called gas chromatography olfactometry.
Sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, debunking the idea of primary tastes and tongue divisions, taste receptors, why we have 40 times more bitter receptors than sweet, why kids hate bitter tastes, how flavours influence each other, a tonic water experiment, shaking up flavour conventions - and looking bravely into the future of flavour.