"Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something." - Paolo Antonelli, MOMA
And the same, I would say, is true for food. Maybe the technology is simpler (or more widely accepted), and the understanding of cognitive science is more intrinsic than explicit, but I think it's fair to say that a truly great meal is as many unseen layers and influences as a revolutionary, say, bottle opener. Or building. Either one.