This is very interesting. A blog called "A New Mountain Cookery" is worth a serious read: http://newmountaincookery.typepad.com/a_new_mountain_cookery/2008/06/the-red-hen.html
Their Mission Statement
"Our mission is to provide a collaborative network through which chefs, food-lovers, food scientists, and other interested parties will have the opportunity to explore the culinary area of modern cuisine and its role within the larger food community of Virginia, America, and the world. The group will focus on three key components:
understanding the present and the future. We will examine historical approaches to
cuisine, as well as aspects of food cultures and anthropology with the hope of combining the old with the new.
environment in order to understanding where the movement is going. Some of the
techniques that will be studied are sous-vide cooking and food texture modification,
which entails an extensive list of processes.