New car model launches usually take place in far off places, with meals happening at the best restaurants the world has to offer. It sounds rough right? The sad reality is that most automotive journalists don’t really appreciate that food – they would rather have a burger and fries. Knowing that, Ford of Canada hand picked a small group of food and automotive media to sample a very unique meal at a small Toronto restaurant.
Chef Justin Cournoyer would create a meal that used many of the same components that Ford uses to build vehicles. We were going to eat an F-150.
Have a close look at your car and you will notice that just about everything that isn’t steel, both inside and out, is plastic. From bumper covers to carpet, much of the vehicle is made up of some sort of plastic. The same holds true for all of those so-called green cars like Tesla. Plastic is everywhere. In case you weren’t aware, plastic is made from oil, typically petroleum oil. The industry is fighting to reduce its dependency on petroleum products, but that means doing more than just building more fuel efficient vehicles. It means changing the way vehicles are built.
Hippie culture has long known that plants contain naturally occurring oils. In recent years, the automotive industry has been experimenting in using those oils to create products that go way beyond patchouli.
Ford, who has been at the forefront of the development of organic based plastics, chose Cournoyer to develop a meal at his restaurant Actinolite, that showed the versatility of the ingredients. Actinolite is known for Cournoyer’s passion for a return to nature as a food source, ensuring that our food supply remains sustainable.
Mica Debolt, a research engineer at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, came along for the dinner to explain how each ingredient was finding its way into production.
Ford Farm to Car
Stewed local sweet corn is topped with Atlantic crab and a house made corn tortilla. That little blob of goodness on top is a sweet corn sorbet.
Ford is continuing to work with other plants to determine how they might fit into production down the road. Debolt mentioned that the company has been working closely with the H.J. Heinz Company to create bio plastics from the materials discarded in the ketchup manufacturing process. There is no word whether or not this could be of benefit to the community of Leamington, Ontario, where Heinz has abandoned thousands of acres and farmers.
Source: Ford and Actinolite