German chef discovers the dangers of molecular gastronomy

Posted by James Ferre on 14th July 2009

A young German cook has lost both of his hands after an attempt at molecular gastronomy went badly awry.

The Berliner Morgenpost daily said a 24 year-old man was attempting to use liquid nitrogen to concoct exciting new dishes but an “enormous explosion” saw the man lose both hands. He was rushed to hospital and remains in a critical condition.

Molecular gastronomy, a scientific approach to cooking, has taken off in recent years with the assistance of pioneer Ferran Adria – the renowned chef of the “world’s best restaurant” – El Bulli.