Dave Arnold is an intense cooking boffin. He wouldn't call himself a chef, but he hangs with many of the best - his fascination seems to be with technique .. as long as it gives interesting results. If you are into this sort of thing his Cooking Issues podcast may be up your alley.
He likes to build tools and recently started Booker and Dax Labs (the names of his kids) to market a some of his ideas. This one looks very useful - the Searzall kickstarter campaign - searing without "torch taste"..
Digital taste simulation from the National University of Singapore. Just some local controlled temperature shifts on the tongue. Of course flavor is very different from taste involving other senses, but cute work.
pondering eating out at a fast food or family restaurant - the Center for Science in the Public Interest 2013 extreme eating awards. A few of the standard meals are North of 3,000 calories.
Speaking of food, one wonders how much people really eat throughout Thanksgiving day as well as at the big meal. I've seen a variety of guesses ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 calories for the day and 1,500 to 3,000 for the big meal. Self reported counts are probably not terribly useful, but it would be intreating to see if anyone has done better than guesstimate work.