Initiators of Foodpairing
SENSE for TASTE is a dynamic research-based company supporting chefs, bartenders and food companies in their search for tasteful food. Our team of scientists, product developers and chefs work together with top chefs, food companies and universities all over the world.
Mission of Foodpairing
Our mission is to inspire and scientifically enable food professionals to discover and create new taste combinations.
With the launch of our website Foodpairing.com we support your creativity and quest for perfection.
The History of Foodpairing
In 1992, Heston Blumenthal (Chef at restaurant The Fat Duck, UK) and Francois Benzi (Sr. flavourist at Firmenich) hypothesized that great food can be created when food components, with a common flavor, are combined.
In 2004 SENSE for TASTE took the initiative to research the fundamentals of this hypothesis, what we now refer to as Foodpairing.
Over the last five years, SENSE for TASTE has created a database containing more than 1000 ingredients with their corresponding flavour profile. The initial proof-of-concept was done in collaboration with top-chefs, including Sang-Hoon Degeimbre (L'air du temps, **star Michelin) and Sergio Herman (Oud Sluis, 20/20 Gault Millau, ***star Michelin).
The website Foodpairing.com, first presented at the world famous gastronomic event 'Lo mejor de la gastronomia' in San Sebastian, Spain in 2007, was enthusiastically received by attendees and created a worldwide interest.
The Flemish Primitives
In January 2008, 'The Flemish Primitives' was initiated, a yearly event hosted by the Flanders Taste Foundation as part of their mission to promote Belgian gastronomy. Their first culinary event hosted was fully dedicated to the subject of Foodpairing. Key note presentations were given by masters of modern cuisine and supporters of the foodpairing methodology: Heston Blumenthal, Albert Adrià (El Bulli ES), Peter Goossens (Hof van Cleve - BE), Dominique Persoone (SHOCK-O-LATIER), Ben Roche (Moto, Chicago USA) and many others. More than 1000 people witnessed a superb event, for which SENSE for TASTE was the creative force.
Today, the Foodpairing website is used by more than 200.000 professional chefs, food enthusiasts and mixologists per year. Foodpairing.com is the central hub of the activities of SENSE for TASTE.
In the future, as a user, you can expect to receive on a continuous basis:
- New Foodpairing trees of regional ingredients
- New Foodpairing info on local brands and recipes
- New inspirational tools to create taste combinations
We thank you for your interest in Foodpairing.
SENSE for TASTE team