Blindfold taste test

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Ben Chong, Staff Writer

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So recently I’ve been watching a lot of Gordon Ramsay; you know, the angry yet professional chef who is always yelling and cussing at his employees or on his cooking shows. Well, I stumbled across a video of him on an episode of the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon where he stated that when he teaches people to cook, he first teaches them how to taste. So he set up an array of foods for Jimmy Fallon to try and eat blindfolded to see if he could guess what food it was. I was intrigued by this, only because of how terrible Jimmy was at identifying the foods. I thought to myself: “I would surely do better than him.” So I decided to make an experiment.

In this experiment I used Danny Brooks and Evan Rocha as my guinea pigs. I set up five different foods for them to taste and attempt to identify whilst not looking. And so, I had my subjects sit upon my couch with their eyes closed as I approached them with various mystery foods and popped said foods into their quivering jowls.

The first morsel that I approached my kindred with was an almond. By far the most difficult food I had prepared for them. As I plopped the almonds in their mouths Evan almost immediately said, “That’s a nut” and Danny stated, “I don’t really know my nuts.” And then said, “But it has the same consistency of an almond.” DING DING DING! That was correct; on to the next one. I went into this one knowing they didn’t like the food I was going to serve them, a pickle. As I placed the sour and wet piece of food in their mouths Danny immediately said, “That’s a pickle.” And Evan almost immediately spit it out. This third one was the last of the non-sweet foods, a block of mild cheddar cheese. As they chewed their pieces Evan exclaimed, “Yay something I like!” as they both agreed it was cheese, eventually concluding it to be cheddar. Next I fed them canned pineapple and Evan immediately said “Cantaloupe” and Danny, submissive as he is, agreed with Evan. I told them it was pineapple and they said that that would have been their second guess. Lastly I fed them a type of chocolate bar, which was almost instant to them what it was.

So, with this experiment they guessed four out of the five correct which leads me to conclude that Jimmy Fallon is either a smoker with dead taste buds, truly lacking in intelligence, or was purposefully guessing his foods wrong. And so I think it would be quite accurate to say that even people with not so seasoned taste buds can guess simple foods by taste alone with ease.

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