In many ways, we're already living in the future: Kitchen technology is finally at the point where a chef can, without too much effort, serve a levitating amuse-bouche or an exquisitely miniature dish comprised of 86 individual ingredients. But a creative chef can always dream bigger. We asked six chefs to defy the laws of time and space to develop their ultimate fantasy kitchen tool.
1. Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
The Conveyor of Optimum Excellence
- A black hole in each trash bin to discard trash into a compost heap in a galaxy far far away.
- A cryovac machine that bends the laws of time: instant dry-age, instant 48-hour sous vide, instant marinade, etc.
- A quality improvement machine: put in a mediocre ingredient, and it comes out the best in the world.