Eureka!—Chasing Inspiration in the Kitchen

From by Institute of Culinary Education
Eureka!—Chasing Inspiration in the Kitchen


By Michael Laiskonis—Creative Director


Sometimes the only thing better than finding inspiration on your own is witnessing someone else’s process of discovery. I see this spark in students all the time, when a visible realization of an idea or technique strikes, when the proverbial “light bulb” turns on. In my current position at ICE, making that connection is the most important aspect of what I do.

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Yet while ICE’s classroom kitchens regularly provide opportunities for inspiration, the routine of the professional kitchen often presents fewer of those moments. Chefs must actively seek out new experiences and learning opportunities. However, it’s not just about keeping on the lookout for a revelation that will become the next dish on your menu. Inspiration can also be a means to remind us of the reasons why we started cooking in the first place.


Read on to learn which "eureka moments" have sparked Michael's creativity.