Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Food Taster Teaches Others How To Grub On Gross Food

MANHATTAN, Kan. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A food research assistant in Manhattan, Kansas, is teaching foreigners how to gobble down disgusting food.

Patricia Patterson nibbles on nasty foods like dog biscuits and breast milk as part of her job at the Sensory Analysis Center at Kansas State University.

Now she’s teaching people in Thailand how to thoroughly taste and scrutinize different dishes, without vomiting, in order to expand the American panel into foreign foods.

Though Patterson has a taste for gross grub, tasting some of Thailand’s strangest fare hasn’t always been a pleasant experience.

She says, “I’ve always been a curious eater, but I tried this Thai fruit called Durian that looks like a prickly watermelon. It’s the most horrific thing I’ve ever tasted. It’s like rotten chicken. Dog food is wonderful in comparison.”

Even though Patterson’s job calls for eating kooky cuisine, she still likes to experiment on her off hours because, as she puts it, “Why would you eat what you could have at home?”

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