In addition to having the Modernist Cuisine team help produce a dinner party in his or her dorm room, the winner of our Modernist Cuisine at Home video contest will bag a cache of impressively high-tech culinary hardware. In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to the tools ready to be won.
I defer to Modernist Cuisine's Scott Heimendinger (who formerly authored Voracious' Seattle Food Geek column) on all matters sous vide, but an e-mail he sent me explaining the wonders of the PolyScience Sous Vide Professional CREATIVE Series led me to wonder whether he's as equally well-versed in college student behavior.
"You can cook sous vide in a basin on your nightstand and not lose a wink of sleep," he writes.
Sleep? Does anyone sleep in college? As I recall, our dorm was rocking at 3 a.m. There was always a crowd of students in the kitchen, drinking beer and cooking Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
But Heimendinger believes the latest sous vide machine for home use could revolutionize campus culture. He envisions a dorm-full of students snug in their beds after midnight, dreaming of short ribs while their PolyScience appliances soundlessly chug away.
Of course, someone has to be the first to make the sous vide switch. And it's likely to be the winner of our video contest, who will claim the PolyScience machine, along with a PolyScience Smoking Gun and iSi Whipping Siphon.
"While your friends down the hall are toasting their waffles and reheating their ramen, you'll be effortlessly cooking fluffy eggs, perfect steaks, and more," Heimendinger promises.
"It plugs in to any standard outlet, and has built in safety mechanisms to prevent overheating," he adds. "So, even if your idiot roommate leaves the machine on over winter break, you don't have to worry about a meltdown."
But if you don't get cracking, you do have to worry about missing our contest deadline. You have until 11:59 PM on Oct. 26 to send us a video of a cooking show (starring you, of course) which shows why you need the Modernist Cuisine folks to help you throw a dinner party.
For complete rules and submission guidelines, check out our contest page here. Just don't stay up too late working on your entry.