In an age where information overload and choices are abundant, simplicity often takes a backseat. Yet, it’s the simplest things that often make the biggest impact. Enter Five X – The 5 Ingredients Rule, a culinary initiative from Eato X that brings us back to basics while looking ahead to a sustainable future.

The Eato X Kitchen is a vanguard in sustainable food practices, leading workshops, and collaborating with chefs and producers from around the globe. With the introduction of the Five X initiative, it takes a bold new step in its mission. The rule is simple: create dishes from locally sourced produce, consisting of just five main ingredients. But beneath this simplicity lies a world of impact, a mantra that encapsulates innovation, sustainability, community engagement, education, and global outreach.


The following is why we choose to select 5 Ingredients as follows – Simplicity, Sustainability, Innovation, Education, & Global Impact.


The limitation to five ingredients makes cooking more accessible, even to those who consider themselves novices in the kitchen. This simplicity democratizes cooking, turning it from a specialized skill into a universal language. Constraints often lead to creativity. With only five ingredients, chefs and home cooks are challenged to think outside the box, inventing new dishes and techniques that don’t compromise on flavor or satisfaction.


With a limited palette of only five ingredients for each dish, the initiative focuses on the intrinsic quality of every component used. This constraint encourages the selection of fresh, locally sourced, and sustainably grown ingredients that are not only rich in flavour but also inherently nutritious.


By limiting the number of ingredients, the Five X initiative naturally reduces waste. Moreover, sourcing these ingredients locally encourages sustainable farming practices and reduces the carbon footprint associated with food transportation.

Education & Community

The simplicity of the Five X rule makes it an excellent educational tool. Workshops focusing on these five-ingredient recipes become easy-to-follow, hands-on experiences. This opens doors for community engagement, fostering a local food culture that can be sustained by the people themselves.

Global Impact

The universality of the FIVE X rule gives it the potential for global reach. The concept of cooking with five main ingredients is easy to understand, regardless of one’s culinary background or geographic location. It has the potential to spark a global movement aimed at sustainable cooking and eating.

The Five X – The 5 Ingredients Rule is more than just a culinary guideline. It is a philosophy, a lifestyle, and a revolution rolled into one. It challenges us to rethink our approach to food and empowers us to make a difference, one ingredient at a time. In the end, Five X is more than the sum of its parts, offering a transformative experience that promises to change the way we cook, eat, and think about food forever.

In the sanctuary of Eato X’s Kitchen, this rule isn’t merely a suggestion—it’s a way of life that promises a sustainable future for all.

Welcome to Five X+, the evolved dimension of our much-loved Five X initiative at Eato X – Kitchen. While the heart of Five X has always been simplicity, sustainability, and local sourcing, Five X+ aims to elevate your culinary experience to new heights without compromising our core principles.

With Five X+, we’ve opened the doors to more advanced flavours, techniques, and globally-inspired touches, all while maintaining our commitment to fresh, locally-sourced, and sustainably-grown ingredients.

Our Five X+ recipes begin with the same foundational five ingredients that have made Five X a staple in sustainable cooking. We then invite you to expand your culinary creativity with up to three additional “Plus” ingredients, which add layers of complexity and depth. From specialty spices to aromatic sauces, these Plus ingredients are curated to enrich your palate and broaden your culinary repertoire.

Designed for those who’ve mastered the basics and are eager to venture into new culinary landscapes, Five X+ presents the next step in your sustainable cooking journey. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook looking to challenge yourself, Five X+ offers a sophisticated yet accessible way to engage with food in a meaningful, delicious, and earth-friendly manner.

Dive into Five X+ and discover how simple ingredients can translate into extraordinary meals. Join us as we continue to innovate, sustain, educate, and delight in the realm of sustainable gastronomy.

Expanding the Five X concept to include an advanced option like “Five X+” or “Five X + Plus” is an excellent idea. This approach could appeal to more experienced home cooks or chefs who are looking for a bit more complexity and depth in their dishes, without deviating too much from the original concept of simplicity and sustainability.

Here’s how Five X+ works:

Base Ingredients: Stick to the original Five X rule of five primary, locally sourced, sustainable, and healthy ingredients.

Plus Ingredients: Add “Plus” ingredient/s, these could be herbs, specialty spices, sauces, or additional protein or vegetables. That align with the sustainability and health focus.

Advanced Techniques: Introduce more advanced cooking techniques, like fermenting, sous-vide cooking, or food smoking, in workshops or recipes.

Seasonal Variants: Five X+ features seasonal variants where the Plus ingredients reflect what’s locally available at various times of the year.

Global Flavours: The Plus ingredients could also be a way to introduce global flavours while sticking to the local sourcing principle.

This expansion aims give chefs and home cooks the flexibility to be more creative while still adhering to the initiative’s core principles of sustainability, health, and simplicity. It could attract a broader audience and make the initiative even more versatile and appealing.