A tornado of fire, set up by the ChefSteps crew and sci-fi author Neal Stephenson in Seattle's HazardFactory
The staff of ChefSteps -- an energetic team of creative culinary-minded engineers -- have convened here on the rambling grounds of a handsome home overlooking Lake Washington, to put on the latest installment of an annual edible spectacle. Chris Young, one of the ChefSteps founders, has been doing this for several summers now, starting when he was at Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold's company, developing the 2,500-page Modernist Cuisine cookbook. "Each time, we've been able to outdo what we did the previous year," Young says. The ChefSteps staff and a crew of comrades from Seattle's tech-minded community -- including author Neal Stephenson, "fire artist" Rusty Oliver, and Nathan Pegram, an engineer who worked on a mosquito-killing laser project for Intellectual Ventures and now builds hardware for ChefSteps -- were here till late last night constructing the steel structure where the grilling will take place.
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