What is Flavor?
20 - 30 min
Grade Level: 
What is taste? What is flavor? There are five essential tastes along with countless more smells that combine to make flavors. Investigating how foods complement each other is important to understanding flavor. Foods have distinct tastes and when those tastes are combined with other tastes, different flavors are created. In this lesson, you will explore the five tastes and learn about the relationship between taste and flavor.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Know the basic components of flavor.
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Teaching Notes: 
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of the kitchen curriculum Cooking with Curiosity: Challenging Perfection with Reflection this lesson is 1.8: The eighth lesson of Unit 1.
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