CIA Culinary Scientist Among Leaders Lecturing in Harvard MOOC

Ted Russin

Videos by Ted Russin are Included in Course with 80,000 Students

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Hyde Park, NY – Some of the biggest names in culinary science—José Andrés, Ferran Adrià, Nathan Myhrvold, and Harold McGee—are joined by Ted Russin of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in teaching the Harvard University massive open online course (MOOC) Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science. More than 80,000 people around the world are taking the free class this fall.

Russin developed and taped several video clips with Chef Wylie Dufresne to be used in the course curriculum. The videos show both basic and advanced applications of enzymes in the kitchen while highlighting the collaboration between chef and scientist in cooking. Students registered in Harvard's MOOC initiative, called edX, watch the videos before taking quizzes and completing assignments about the subject material. They work at their own pace and earn a certificate from Harvard by successfully mastering the course work.

This semester marks the first time Harvard's Science & Cooking has been presented as a MOOC. The popular undergraduate version of the course, introduced on campus in 2010, went online after experiencing overflow enrollment. It has been featured in the national media, including NPR, and Russin has been a guest lecturer for the undergraduate lecture series the past two years.

"Collaborating with Harvard on these courses broadens the relationship between our two prestigious institutions and helps raise the profile of The Culinary Institute of America's own cutting-edge culinary science program," says Russin, director of consulting at the CIA.

The CIA launched the culinary science bachelor's degree major earlier in 2013. There are currently 39 students in the growing program that prepares graduates for lucrative careers in culinary research and development, innovative restaurants, and large-scale foodservice operations.

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Ted Russin, director of consulting at The Culinary Institute of America, is one of several big names in culinary science teaching Harvard University's Science & Cooking massive online open course (MOOC) this semester. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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