Chefs Cantu pushes boundaries with dishes, gadgets

Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:47pm EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Chef Homaro Cantu describes the energy-saving cooking gadgets he invents with the same passion as the cutting-edge dishes he creates.

Cantu, 33, is the executive chef at Moto, a Chicago restaurant where diners can literally eat their menus and enjoy fish cooked and served inside a special polymer box designed by Cantu.

His inventiveness goes back to his childhood when he dismantled and rebuilt his father's lawnmower. He spoke to Reuters about his inventions and creating memorable meals.

Q: How do you describe your cuisine?

A: "Some people call it post-modern. I call it pleasurable, outside-the-box food."

Q: What type of diners does your restaurant cater to?

A: "They are people looking to be wowed. They want to see something they've never seen before. My goal is that I want them to remember every course in the next 10 years."

Q: Given your fascination with science, why did you decide to become a chef?   Continued...

<p>Chef Homaro Cantu is seen in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Moto Restaurant/Handout</p>