TV Chef Andrew Zimmern Finds Just Mayo to Be Sublime

Some original products from Hampton Creek have received positive attention from TV chef Andrew Zimmern, who hosts a Travel Channel series called Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern. Does that mean Just Mayo sandwich spread could be considered bizarre? Only in the best possible light. The product tastes and spreads like conventional mayonnaise, but it doesn’t contain any eggs to hold the oil and water together. Instead, researchers from Hampton Creek discovered that yellow pea protein has the same effect. The company seeks to replace eggs with plant-based foods, and the chef sees this as a promising development. That’s because Andrew, like many other people, view the factory farming of caged hens for egg laying as a distinctly negative development in the food industry. Producing eggs this way is everything farming should not be, according to Mr. Zimmern’s blog.

On his blog, Andrew sounded a bit surprised at how much he liked the flavor and texture of Just Mayo. He said he actually prefers it to his favorite mayonnaise brand, and he even called it “sublime.” In addition, the chef liked cookies baked with Hampton Creek’s cookie dough better than those from the same recipe including chicken eggs. He attributes this to egg flavor sometimes overshadowing the flavor of other ingredients.

With the worldwide population continuing to grow, the demand for chicken eggs also increases. Some scientists who study the food supply don’t believe the current egg hatchery situation is sustainable. In contrast, Hampton Creek’s plant substitutes use fewer resources and don’t cost as much to produce. They also don’t result in the inhumane treatment of birds that is a characteristic of factory farming. They have a longer shelf life than eggs and aren’t breakable. This isn’t to say that nobody will ever want to eat chicken eggs again. However, if the demand for eggs in processed foods can be substantially reduced or even eliminated, individual consumers have the option of turning to more responsible producers for their over-easy eggs in the morning. Those eggs might come from a neighbor who raises chickens in the backyard instead of a far-off intensive egg-laying factory.