FPH-31306 Advanced Molecular Gastronomy


Studiepunten 6.00

Excursion (one day)6
Course coordinator(s)dr. E Scholten
Lecturer(s)dr. JP Vincken
dr. E Scholten
Examiner(s)dr. JP Vincken
dr. E Scholten

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

FPH-20806 Molecular Gastronomy or FCH-30306 Food Ingredient Functionality.

Continuation courses:

Thesis FPH


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.(http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.
The course contains both physical and chemical aspects of food products. For the physical part the focus is on phenomena that play a role in the production of products like ice cream, chocolate and bakery products. Examples of these phenomena include absorption, water migration, phase transition, fat and ice crystallization, rheology of dispersions and flavour release. These phenomena have an effect on the shelf-life of products and textural changes, which are important both in industry and restaurant. These phenomena are also related to techniques that are used in 'modern restaurants'. Analytical techniques to quantify properties of ingredients and products will also be treated. For the chemical part, the focus is on flavour aspects (mainly the taste modalities bitter, sweet, umami, and astringent) and the effect of specific ingredients on structural changes (i.e. in ice-making and baking). The analytical methods in the practical will focus on describing the quality and sensory aspects of products, mainly the volatiles and non-volatiles in wine. A digital wine module is used to prepare the students for flavour analysis of wine. To combine the different aspects, a workshop on flavour pairing will be given, in which we will present a model to classify foods based on both chemical aspects (sweet, bitter, etc) and physical aspects (structure of food).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify the physical phenomena and understand the mechanisms of action that play a role in products as ice-cream, chocolate and bakery products;
- understand the mechanisms behind important taste modalities (bitter, sweet, umami, astringent);
- use practical experiments to associate physical phenomena to effects on texture and chemical processes to flavour;
- be able to use analytical methods to investigate products, such as ice cream and wine with different composition;
- develop a new creative recipe for ice cream by combining different ingredients;
- analyse the composition of wines and new recipes and relate this to their structural properties and flavour characteristics observed.


- following lectures;
- workshop 'flavor cube';
- laboratory classes.


Final grading is based on a written exam (65%) with 20% closed (multiple choice) and 80% open questions, and the practical assignment reports (35%). 
To pass the course a minimum grade of 5.5 should be obtained, and for both elements a minimum pass of 5.0 is required.
The grade for the practical assignment is valied for 5 years.


All material will be provided on Brightspace.

Verplicht voor: MFTFood TechnologyMScF: Spec. F - Gastronomy Science3WD
Keuze voor: MFTFood TechnologyMScA: Spec. A - Product Design and Ingredient Functionality3WD