The executive chef at Chicago's Moto restaurant, Homaro Cantu creates postmodern cuisine and futuristic food delivery systems.

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Homaro Cantu is a chef and an inventor of futuristic food delivery systems. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon, he's an alum of Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago, where he rose to the position of Sous Chef. After he left Charlie Trotter’s, he concentrated on the development of his concept of an experiential design-based restaurant with a molecular gastronomy approach. Moto Restaurant puts Cantu’s concepts and creations into practice by melding food with science, technology and art. Michael Eisner once described Cantu as the most revolutionary person in food since Ray Kroc.

Through his company Cantu Designs, Chef Cantu has filed numerous patent applications covering dining implements, cookware, printed food and is working on developing his inventions for commercial, humanitarian and aerospace applications.

He says: "Any idea's a great idea as long as it tastes great."

 

What others say

“But while Cantu is most certainly a chef, he is also someone whose approach to innovation has relevance far beyond the kitchen. He is the classic mad scientist, a Stephen Hawking acolyte with a basement filled with gadgets, robots, and gazillions of inventions aching for just a little bit more time and attention. And despite the accolades, in his mind he is just getting started. "This isn't just gimmicky s--t," he says. "There is a point to this."” — Jennifer Reingold, Fast Company

Homaro Cantu’s TED talks

Homaro Cantu on the TED Blog

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Goodbye to sugar? Homaro Cantu on how to trick your taste buds

January 22, 2013

Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche can only be described as the mad scientists of food. These two pioneer unique food delivery systems — think maki rolls printed on flavored paper, a dessert disguised as nachos  and a bleeding veggie burger — at their Chicago restaurants, Moto and iNG. At TED 2011, the pair spoke about […]

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Quotes from Homaro Cantu

Imagine if you could take wild plants and consume them, food miles would basically turn into food feet.
Homaro Cantu
TED2011 • 693K views Dec 2011
Ingenious, Fascinating
The cow basically eats three basic things in its feed: corn, beets and barley. Can we take what the cow eats, remove the cow, and make hamburgers out of that?
Homaro Cantu
TED2011 • 693K views Dec 2011
Ingenious, Fascinating