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"..