My question is this: What would you find to be a good 'jumping-off' point to get students interested in the scientific aspect of food preparation? There obviously is so much more to cooking than following recipes and taking in FoodTV, so how do you awaken that interest in young cooks? I try to push my students towards higher learning (analysis, synthesis, etc) to imbed a passion for learning more. I think they are more likely to find their own learning is more valuable when they start asking "why." However, they can be satisfied, on ocassion, with taking a particular aspect of cooking at face value.
Again, many thanks for your insight.