Planet Green's new series Future Food is aiming to redefine the nature of food -- including seafood.
In each episode, hosts and molecular gastronomists Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche cook up solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental issues.
In the “Something’s Fishy” episode, the chefs take on overfishing and mercury pollution by creating an entire seafood menu using anything but fish. And before adding their new faux fish dishes to the menu, they test them with some of locals at Chicago’s Mitsuwa Market, which is known for its seafood and sushi. Then the staff competes to see who can come up with the most creative seafood dish made out of other foods.
While their frozen watermelon sashimi may seem absurd to you (or delicious!), it’s not so far-fetched. After all, consumers have all sorts of meat substitutes to choose from in the supermarket. Why not fish substitutes, too?
In a world of fewer wild fish and alarming mercury levels, faux fish may be exactly what some ocean conservationists would prefer to order. And it certainly makes for good TV.
“Something’s Fishy” will air on Planet Green this Sunday, May 16th at 9:30 pm.