February 25, 2010

How to speak kitchen

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Ever since I read Twyla Tharp's book about the practice of creativity, I've realized that NOTHING is more important to achieving artistic success than putting in the hours upon hours of practice. (Take THAT, people who think talent is God given).

That fact is driven home again in this essay by chef Shuna Fish Lydon laying out just what it takes to make it in a kitchen...

Memorize your station, and the station next to you. Inventory, taste EVERY PIECE OF YOUR MIS EN PLACE EVERY DAY, every night, every service. Even if you are the only one on your station. Even if you don't want to. Some ingredients/components just take a few hours to go off. If you serve bad food it's on you. Have INTEGRITY. And if you hate your job/menu/chef so much that you don't care to taste your m.e.p., leave. Please. You have no time to waste

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August 21, 2009

10 Questions for Ken Robinson

photo of Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson's life work is telling anyone who will listen how traditional educational systems all too often stifle creativity and personal growth, and how we can change that.

It's a message that resonates with a huge number of people (the video of Robinson's talk a few years ago at the TED conference is hugely popular). Recently users of the online community reddit.com had the opportunity to put questions to Sir Ken Robinson. Here's the transcript of the ten most popular questions, with his answers.

As always, Robinson's insights are profound, and his suggestions are both audacious and inspiring:

The real place to focus, initially, is on the work you do yourself. I'm always keen to say this: Education doesn't happen in the committee rooms of Washington, or London, or Paris or Berlin. It doesn't happen in government buildings. It happens in the minds of students and learners. It happens in the classroom.

If you've got a child, education then is not what's happening in the Beltway; it's what's happening in their head and body, today, in their classroom, or wherever they're being held to learn. So what I would say to teachers is: Change your own practice, today. The education your children are getting is a result of what you're doing with them.

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