In their new book, Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education, IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education have teamed up to demonstrate what IBM’s cognitive computing platform Watson can discover about food. The book showcases 65 recipes created with the help of Watson that utilize seemingly incompatible ingredients with surprising results. “Chef Watson” processed thousands of recipes and a database of the chemical compositions of foods to create recipes with unusual but enjoyable ingredient pairings, such as as a quiche that uses ingredients from Swiss and Thai cuisines. Chef Watson was born out of IBM’s desire to show Watson had the ability to be creative, rather than just answer questions as it had famously done on the game show Jeopardy. The same machine learning algorithms used in the Cognitive Cooking program are used by Watson to identify new drugs and develop new cancer treatments.