I am a Mathematician. I am also a professional chef. On Friday, November 4, 2016, I had the privilege of showcasing the intrinsic connection between mathematics and food.
The inaugural Taste of Math at the OC Fair & Event Center (Costa Mesa, CA) showcased a dazzling array of delicious mathematics and precise cooking. While doing so, the event helped plant the seed for what will undoubtedly evolve into a defining movement that revolutionizes mathematics education in the United States.
I am often asked about my ability to juggle the left and right sides of my brain. To quote Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “I have a brain” and I used all of it to creatively and precisely prepare two dishes which offered over 400 guests a sense of what a paradox might taste like.
The Taste of Math challenged all the attendees to be more inclusive in our mathematics and science education strategies so that children all across the United States can realize their full potential; all the while reminding us that food is a powerful equalizer.