Ben and Joel in the UQ Great CourtFood, glorious food!

Join us for a feast of the senses as celebrity chef Ben Milbourne and BrisScience’s own Joel Gilmore turn the lecture theatre into a live test kitchen.

Joel and Ben will use their scientific training to demonstrate the physical sciences that underpin everyday cooking, through to high end cuisine and molecular gastronomy.

They will discuss (and demonstrate!) how emulsions, foams  and chemical bonds play a critical role in everything from the perfect steak to the perfect ice cream; and then, leverage this science to create new textures and experiences – from edible bubbles to crunchy chocolate mousse!

Watch the recording

Recording of "Scientists in the kitchen" lecture (YouTube, 1h:11m:31s)

Meet the presenters

Ben Milbourne

Ben Milbourne is a former science teacher turned MasterChef finalist and entrepreneur – and an outstanding example of the diverse career pathways that can result from studying at UQ.

After graduating, Ben taught science in high school, and his students nominated him for the hit television series, MasterChef. It was the platform to a career as sought-after chef, media personality, brand ambassador, and founder of his own production company. He is the host of Food Lab by Ben Milbournea TV show produced in partnership with The University of Queensland.


Dr Joel Gilmore

Dr Joel Gilmore completed a PhD in physics at the University of Queensland in 2007. He then spent two years as a full time science communicator, managing a group of physics performers doing public lectures, radio and television appearances. He is now an energy consultant, and is passionate about providing critical analysis that helps industry and government transition our energy sector to a low emissions future.

As a great lover of cooking (and even more so of eating) Joel applies his physics background to understanding food and the culinary arts. In his spare time, he likes swing dancing, theatre sports, travelling (43 countries so far), stand-up comedy, learning new musical instruments and, occasionally, unicyling to work.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required

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