by Rock ‘n Roll Ghost
Readers of Rock ‘n Roll Ghost already know of my deep respect and admiration for the work of everyone at Chicago restaurants moto and iNG, particularly Homaro Cantu, who has been kind enough to take time out of his busy days to be interviewed by me. But now it seems the rest of the world is beginning to wake up to what Cantu has been saying for years, that the way in which we grow and consume food is going to have to change.
Recently, Cantu and moto‘s Ben Roche wowed the crowd at the TED conference and got the attention of ABC Evening News’ Diane Sawyer. Sawyer was given an up close and personal look at how Cantu works in moto’s lab, about how Miracle Berries can change the flavor profile of food items, such as a lemon into lemonade without any sugar. And how science combined with innovation combined with a lot of whimsy, just may be the key to changing the world. The Ghost is 100% supportive of Cantu’s quest and would really love for everyone reading this to spread the word about the journey that Cantu and his team are on.
Homaro Cantu with Diane Sawyer on ABC Evening News:
Homaro Cantu & Ben Roche at TED Conference:
In other moto news, the restaurant is celebrating its eighth anniversary by rolling back its tasting menu prices to what they were on opening day. Tuesday, February 7th, Wednesday, February 8th, and Thursday, February 9th guests can experience a 15 course tasting menu with beverage pairings for $150 (2012 value of $255). Seats are available but limited, so call (312) 491-0058 to reserve your spot now.
moto chefs Richie Farina and Chris Jones were both contestants on the current season of Bravo‘s culinary competition series Top Chef. Sadly, Farina was eliminated early on for a group challenge involving chili (after being awake for an ungodly 36 or so hours), and, just last week, saw Jones get sent home after a block party challenge. Both chefs are incredibly talented and have much more up their sleeve than the “tricks” that head judge Tom Colicchio kept derisively dismissing them for.
Finally, from different videos the crew at moto and iNG have posted, it seems as if they’ve also been shooting a new season of Future Food. Current videos are being placed on Planet Green’s website, so it would appear that the network will, in fact, be carrying the show once again.
Keep coming back to Rock ‘n Roll Ghost for more stories on Cantu, Mberry, iNG, moto and, of course, other goings on in Chicago’s food scene.