Thermomix at Harvard with US White House pastry chef

updated December 8, 2011

The penultimate event of this year’s Science and Cooking lecture series at Harvard University (November 28) featured US White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses (aka “The Crust Master”) and former El Bulli stagiaire Najat Kaanache (“The Pilgrim Chef” who trained under 9 of the world’s best) teaching modernist culinary techniques for applications in desserts.  Essentially a primer in molecular gastronomy it was titled “Lip Smackin’ Science: Crystals, Emulsions, Foams, and Pink Vanilla Cupcakes.”

Thermomix in the White House?
This Harvard presentation was assisted by Australia’s star Thermomix demonstrator Lynette MacDonald who has taught other world-famous culinary masters about the super kitchen machine. (Later, a signed copy of Dani Valent’s “In the Mix” cookbook was presented to First Lady Michelle Obama by Lynette MacDonald, and Valent also writes that Bill Yosses ordered a Thermomix. So is there a Thermomix in the US White House kitchen? And if so, this begs the question: Will Thermomix soon be sold in USA?

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One of the best things about the Harvard Science and Cooking series is that these public lectures are free to attend by all who are eager to learn — and then they’re made readily available on YouTube. (What a bonus for anyone interested in creative cooking, recipe development, molecular gastronomy, science, culinary fundamentals, eating, and master chef spotting.) The Science & Cooking lectures are presented by a Who’s Who of world-class culinary visionaries: Ferran Adria (el bulli), Nathan Myhrvold (Modernist Cuisine), David Chang (Momofuku), Jose Andres (ThinkFoodGroup) and many more. Monday’s lecture also featured one of Najat Kaanache’s favorite tools — the Thermomix.

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This is a full-on lecture. For anyone with more than a passing interest in food composition it’s both fascinating and fun. The ever-present Thermomix (used for pre-lecture prep) plays a background role during the lecture itself but receives its due praise at about 1:04 hr mark.

Thermomix used by master chefs in USA?
Thermomix is of course not sold in USA, so it’s interesting to note the additional presence at this lecture of “The Thermomix Lady” Lynette MacDonald who appears briefly (almost inconspicuously) at the beginning and end of this clip.  The super kitchen machine is already in use by several top chefs in USA and according to Dani Valent it may be time to add Bill Yosses to this list. And here’s hoping Thermomix may one day be sold in the USA.

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  • “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” debuted at Harvard in 2010. The course uses food and cooking to explicate fundamental principles in applied physics and engineering. See a video about the course here
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See 11 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Gretchen December 1, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Absolutely fascinating and a much better introduction of the Thermomix. Yes indeed, how many Thermomix are in the White House Kitchen? Who was that mystery woman in the audience? I think I know but won’t tell.

  2. Mara December 1, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Wow, this looks promissing and actually better than the course that Hervé This started at the Sorbonne many years ago. It wasn’t actually a set of lectures but of discussions among experts which you could follow by a series of documents that were published with the experts’ exposition and the conclussions that they had reached.
    Thank you so much, once again, for sharing this beautiful findings of yours.

  3. lynette December 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    had a great time

  4. Gretchen December 2, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    I thought I spotted the Thermomix consultant extraordinaire and I was right. Well done you. I so hope it was all good fun and worth your while. Vorwerk must be very pleased and Grace very proud of your hard work in making it happen. Well done to the Pilgrim Chef as well.

  5. Diana December 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Pretty good show Lynette. Keep up the good work in spreading the news. Everyone we have had stay at our place since we bought the Thermomix has been so impressed as have our friends and family. All the best.

  6. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Okay — I’m not the only one who spotted Lynette at Harvard. Such fun for Thermomix Australia ;-)

  7. A Canadian Foodie December 3, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    And my good friend, Twyla, and husband were able to take down the Thermomixes needed, so I now have a personally signed copy of Bill Yoses’ cookbook! Lucky me! My daughter got married that weekend, which was extraordinary – but I would have gone myself, otherwise!

  8. Lynette MacDoanld December 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    To put the record straight The White House does not have a Thermomix. No one has been there to do a demonstration. The White House does not endorse Thermomix.


  9. Bobbi December 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Tell me it ain’t so. I am sure I read on Facebook that Bill Yosses had ordered one. I

    guess the White House couldn’t actually endorse it but they sure can have one in the

    kitchen if they wanted and of course Bill Yosses has already had a first class demo at

    Harvard thanks to the Pilgrim Chef.

  10. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi Lynette — Thanks for stopping by here to set the record straight about the White House position (or lack thereof) on Thermomix. Your contribution is much appreciated.
    – H.


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