A viral tweet has sparked a debate in the pasta community, and we’ve gathered experts to settle it.

Earlier this week, a man tweeted that his girlfriend makes pasta by adding uncooked pasta to cold water and then turning on the stove to boil the water. He automatically assumed she was wrong

my girlfriend just added uncooked pasta to cold water and then turned on the stove and when i said that she should boil the water before adding pasta she said “literally all men are the same”267K4:02 AM – Oct 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy28.1K people are talking about this

This cold-water method rattled most of the pasta-loving world, who claim the only acceptable method is the traditional way of boiling water first, then adding the pasta.

But Alton Brown, king nerd of food science, chimed in to say it’s absolutely fine to cook it in cold water, even offering his own method for doing so.

@altonbrown are you still active on Twitter? Explain this to this man.

What do you mean “are you active?” I’M RIGHT HERE! And yes, this man’s girlfriend is right on both counts.2,04912:32 AM – Oct 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy142 people are talking about this

Alton we need an explanation

Revered cooking expert J. Kenji Lopez has also offered his support for the girlfriend ― and her cooking method.

@kenjilopezalt, please help!

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Usually when you get called out for mansplaining you don’t double down and mock your significant other in public. She’s also right about everything. 2,17710:40 AM – Oct 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy152 people are talking about this

Cook and television host Frankie Celenza weighed in on the matter with an explanation for why the cold-water method could be problematic:

my girlfriend just added uncooked pasta to cold water and then turned on the stove and when i said that she should boil the water before adding pasta she said “literally all men are the same”

The issue is that all stoves have different power and the amount of water is a variable, so how quickly it comes to a boil with pasta from the beginning is the issue. I’ve have al dente center with school cafeteria soggy pasta exterior, using this method. NOT GOOD176:19 PM – Oct 17, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Frankie Celenza’s other Tweets

What The Experts Told Us

To further explore the pros and cons of this method, here’s what they had to say.