There is an opportunity in every ingredient used and in each step along the way to heighten or diminish flavor. Making informed and calculated decisions in the processes, preparations and presentations allows for the seemingly simple and incredibly delicious to magically appear. In order to express any given flavor at any given time we must focus on what we are doing and why we are doing it.
The programmed answers of intuition, inspiration and creative impulses are no longer adequate. Now we must have concrete knowledge to truly excel. Sure, at times it feels like we are just bringing ingredients together effortlessly in the same way that musicians appear to perform on stage. There is a feeling of wonderment when something comes together before our eyes. We forget how much time and effort goes into creating that experience. In most cases the simpler a great dish or an experience feels, the more work went into editing and refining to achieve that harmonious end.