Part artist, part chef, part scientist, part educator, part communicator, Maxime Bilet has a clear vision, which is to show people across the country how we can change the world’s food system through understanding the interconnectedness of the art, science, culture, and taste of food, and food advocacy and community.
After six years of writing and producing the award winning 6-volume set Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, which has been dubbed the most important contribution to the culinary arts since Escoffier, and Modernist Cuisine at Home, Bilet ventured out on his own.
He also joined the board of The Culinary Trust, the foundation of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, as an honorary trustee. Next week he will co-host the organization’s 30th anniversary fundraiser in New York.
Bilet, who is 31, participated in culinary and science events around the globe while he was the director of R&D and food photography and co-author of the Modernist Cuisine books with Nathan Myhrvold. Since late 2012, he has shared his vision at conferences -- such as the World Science Festival and Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor -- and donated his time to educating children and adults about the transformative, albeit magical, nature of food.
Bilet credits Marion Nestle, Alice Waters and Michael Pollan with influencing his decision to embrace advocacy, and the mentors he’s had for shaping his amazing career so far, particularly the English celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck, where Bilet was on the development team.
“Food is one of the most dynamic methods of communication we have. The potential of redefining our relationship with food is limitless,” said Bilet.
“A Feast to Celebrate the Future of Food” will be held on Wednesday, December 4th at the Studio at International Culinary Center in New York. Bilet has rallied chefs and food talent -- including Food Network Host Ted Allen and Next Iron Chef contestants Jehangir Mehta and Elizabeth Falkner --- to join him.
The night is being billed as a multi-sensory and interactive dining experience with food installations, tastes, passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a signature cocktail. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and tastings, demos and exhibits begin at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will support The Culinary Trust, which was co-founded by Julia Child 30 years ago. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event visit http://maximebiletculinarytrustfeast.bpt.me.