Expert voices

Prof. Dr. Thomas Vilgis of the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Many people are unaware that “glutamate” is present in all protein-rich foods in the form of the amino acid glutamic acid. Glutamic acid also plays such an important role in cooking that most traditional dishes cannot do without it. The EURASYP newsletter spoke about this to the expert Prof. Dr. Thomas Vilgis, physician at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, author of numerous books on the science of cooking, and chairman of the German Culinary Academy (Deutsche Akademie für Kulinaristik).

Read the interview “We are all hardwired for ‘umami’ from infancy”