Why Creativity Matters

This word contains more fuel and importance per letter than any other word through the eyes of an artist, chef, writer, or musician. It is something each one searches for daily and without it, they all of a sudden feel empty, uninspired and many times lost. But what does it mean and how do we aquire it?

The dictionary defines it as so; The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.

Ok, now what? It is difficult to put into words. As a chef, the easy and primary creativity blocks always come from ingredients, produce, spices, etc. Then the challenge of what to do with these ingredients. They say with creativity one will always fall upon past experiences as a starting point. But with this idea, don’t we just expand on something else that has already been done? How do we drop this point and start from a truly new place?

This is where something like Inspiration comes into play;

Arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity…a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, a painting, a person, a song, anything. It becomes a feeling in which we suddenly “feel” like we can now create. Sometimes inspiration can be found unexpectedly, like seeing the natural shape of small tree branch with a leaf still hanging on it can suddenly be transported into a new plate presentation in the same manner. Inspiration is everywhere…

Cold, Despair, Frozen, Melancholy,White, Blue

In the new Vanity Fair Magazine, October, 2010, There is a great article on Ferran Adria of El Bulli. Here is my favorite paragraph of the entire article:

1987, the same year that Adria became the sole chef de cuisine- he decided after listening to a lecture by chantecler chef Jacques Maximin to try to invent his own cuisine. “What is creativity”? someone asked….
“Creativiy means not copying”, Maximin declared in answer to a question.
“This simple sentence was what brought about a change in approach in our cooking.” Adria wrote later and was the cut-off point between “re-creation” and a firm decision to become involved in creativity”

If one puts intense thought on this sentence, they can see the magnificence of this meaning.
It is easy to copy something that has been done before, but to stand alone with a blank piece a paper and create art just from within you is a challenge above all.

Another valuable quote is from Bono talking about the origins of U2, “we were not good enough musicians to do covers of bands we admired. And because of this, we developed and wrote our own songs”. This is why U2 doesn’t sound like any other band, just U2..
Once again, do not seek to interpret yourself by what others are doing but only listen to yourself and see what you have never heard before..

Frozen Coconut Mousse Tubes……..

At the end of the day, creativity and the expression there of is all relative.  The best part is the continual search for how it will push each one of us to define us!