5) Preserve the Food's Purity
"Although the characteristics of the products may be modified," says the El Bulli team, "the aim is always to preserve the purity of their original taste." For example, the green cubes on this plate are apples, transformed into hot jelly cubes. This technique preserves the flavor and purity of the apple while altering its natural temperature, texture, and shape. The team recognizes there are certain exceptions, like the Maillard reaction, which actually enhance the flavor of the food for the better. Enter in this caramelized "civet of rabbit."