Scientists reveal which MUSIC will make your food taste better: The Beatles are perfect for fish and chips… and Pavarotti does wonders to a chocolate mousse
Listening to The Beatles could help to enhance the enjoyment of a fish and chip supper, psychologists have found.
Research suggests that certain types of music can bring out specific flavours – including sweet, salty and bitter – in a range of foods.
The intensity of Nessun Dorma, performed by Luciano Pavarotti, is said to be the perfect accompaniment to dark mouse or coffee. Meanwhile, the high-pitched piano in Billie Holiday’s Autumn in New York can help emphasise the autumnal flavour of a pumpkin pudding.
Researchers found people enjoyed their wine more while listening to ‘paired’ music, rather than while being sat in silence. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 1 in D Major particularly compliments Chateau Margaux 2004, while Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major should be played while drinking Puilly-Fume.
“Music cannot create taste or flavours that are not there in your mouth, but it can draw attention to certain notes in a wine or food that are competing in your mind… It’s kind of digital seasoning.”