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In addition to having the Modernist Cuisine team help produce a dinner party in his or her dorm room, the winner of our

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Why You Need a Smoking Gun (And How to Win One From the Modernist Cuisine Lab)

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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.

Anthropologists suspect proto-humans started cooking with fire more than two million years ago, which means bipeds have enjoyed the flavor of smoke for a very, very long time. In pursuit of smoky perfection, modern eaters have contrived fancy rigs and massive pits, which have an unfortunate tendency to burn down.

But proponents of scientific cooking says the game-changer could be a gun. Although a quick blast from the Smoking Gun won't cook a pork shoulder, Modernist Cuisine's Scott Heimendinger swears by the appliance for lightly-smoked foods, such as cheese or fish. The Gun's also good for applying smoke flavors (you choose the wood chips) to foods that would otherwise be very difficult to smoke, such as cocktails.

Heimendinger says the device is also handy for "dramatic tableside reveals." Or students might opt to forgo the table and just enjoy the drama of spouting smoke. You win, you decide.

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So how do you win a PolyScience Smoking Gun? Create 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 and upload it to YouTube with "mcvideocontest" as its tag. For the complete rules - which you'll definitely want to consult before entering - click here.

And great news for students who are already working on their entries: Modernist Cuisine is extending the contest deadline by popular demand. Videos must be submitted by 11:59 PM on October 26th, 2012.

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