Cooking with insects could be the future

Have you ever wanted to try Ice Cream with crunchy cricket toppings instead of cookie toppings? Well, if you're an adventurous eater, Edible Insect Chef Joseph Yoon can prepare it for you.

Posted: Apr. 5, 2019 6:28 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)—For most of us we'll have something like steamed vegetables for dinner. Although, for Chef Jospeh Yoon. He'll have roasted crickets.

"Other people are like, hey we wanna cook with bugs can you do it? I'm like hello of course I can," said Yoon.

Yoon used to work in the music industry as an Artist Manager. He's now an insect chef in Brooklyn, New York.

"People are like, oh look at this bug. You know," said Yoon.

Somone who had a passion for music. Now, a skilled, high-end chef who owns a catering business, with a passion in cooking insects.

"We like to be creative," said Yoon. "We like to really think of new ideas. And, creating these wonderful gastronomical experiences that's what really excites us."

Joseph is at Purdue to help educate students about edible insects and why it's turned into a movement.

"The UN has endorsed this to address issues of food scarcity and sustainability," said Yoon. "As a chef one of things thats important to me is, are people well fed."

In 2013 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published a report that suggested eating insects will offer sustainable path for agriculture and a means for feeding a ballooning global population.

So one of things being implemented is bugs. Yoon said despite the contrary, it's something that could change the world.

"We need a drastic shift in our perception from insects as pest, " said Yoon. "As things that carry diesease, to edible insects. Something thats delicious, sustainable, nutritous."

After taking the challenege and trying one of the insects. I must admit was very crunchy and, quite earthy. I'm not sure how others will adjust to this kind of form of protein.

"Eighty percent of the worlds nation is eating bugs, right? They eat bugs ona regular basis. We are in the minority," said Yoon.

That may soon change and, Insects, will be on the dinner table.

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