For some, cooking is an art; for others, cooking is a science. While we all respect culinary artists, this time around we are looking for the kitchen scientists. Put on your lab coat and make some Instructables that employ scientific processes and principles to create culinary wonders. For inspiration, check out the topic of molecular gastronomy.

We want to see projects that employ things like vacuums, flash freezing, distillation, infusion, emulsification, and crystallization (to name a few possibilities). For this contest we're not looking for your grandparent's recipe, unless your grandparent happens to be Hervé This.

Put away the pots and pans, break out the chemistry set, and show us what you got!

The Science of Cooking is closed.

Grand Prize

31 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (5)

Five First Prize winners will receive:

Second (10)

Ten Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen Runner Up winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Mar 5, 2018 and Apr 30, 2018 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Science of Cooking. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.