Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a premier screening party at MOTO for a new show called Future Food. When I walked in, I was almost immediately passed what looked like a cigar butt in an old gold ashtray…and then was asked if I’d like to try it. Yep, they meant to eat, and not only was it edible, it was delicious!
Starting with an edible invitation, the passed hors d’ouevres included test tubes filled with the layered makings of Shabu Shabu and Maki on a spoon whose underside landed on your tongue to deliver the last ingredient. I had a cocktail served with what looked like a packing peanut skewered across the top and was instructed to, “eat the ice cream, then drink the drink.” So, assuming (rightly) that the packing peanut was in fact ice cream instead of styrofoam, I gave it a whirl. A big puff of smoke whirled out of my mouth as the yummy ice cream dissolved in my mouth and as I exhaled with laughter more little puffs and wisps escaped! (And the drink was good too!) Creative, fun, and interesting to say the least. But the fact that these surprises, concoctions and inventions tasted amazing as well was the best part!
After the crowd mingled for a bit, it was time to start the Future Food screening. MOTO’s head chefs/gastronomists Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu were introduced as misfits who had found the perfect outlet for their craft, which was spot on. I headed downstairs to watch the premier in the kitchen’s lab with a few others and as Chef Ben Roche introduced the show, we all got to see what they were all about: super high-energy, playful goofballs meet crazy-intelligent, mad scientists meet unbelievably creative and inventive chefs! In the premier episode, the topic is sustainable seafood, and the MOTO staff sets about making an entire pescetarian menu without using any fish! If there’s a way to make something just like fish without the mercury issues, shipping miles, or overfishing/endangered species baggage, they’ll figure out how! They propose a challenge to their up-for-anything kitchen staffers. The stipulations are that the dishes have to look like fish, and taste like fish, but contain no fish. Crazy, right? Well, these guys are used to thinking outside of the box, so they embrace the challenge and they’re off and running! The show had us laughing out loud and was so entertaining at the same time as intriguing and informative. This first episode, set to air tonight at 9pm CST, premiers on Planet Green and you don’t want to miss it!
After the show ended, we had a little Q & A with Roche while we finished our “popcorn”, which was masquerading as more packing peanuts. I couldn’t believe that he used to be a picky eater and now tries just about everything under the sun. He told us that one of his fav episodes to tape was the one where they take on the age old issue of getting kids to eat their veggies. Since I have a 3 year old, the anecdotes he related hit home and I can’t wait to see the MOTO staff try to make something edible look like socks filled with rocks (one child’s request!?).
As we worked our way through the downstairs kitchen, I had one of the most unbelievable desserts ever concocted. It was a perfect chocolate sphere with a little marshmallow “wick” that they lit with a torch. After watching it burn out, I popped the little project in my trap and it exploded in one bite to release something the guys called liquid graham cracker. It was a S’more bomb! How do they come up with these things? You’ll have to watch the show to find out.
Future Food – A new original series on Planet Green
Featuring MOTO’s Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche
Airs Tonight, Tues, March 30th at 9pm CST
(Click here to find your local channel listing)
Future Food Website: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/future-food/