419: The Creative Process with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

In this episode with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, we discuss the inspiration for their eleven books, following your curiosity, common habits of successful chefs and restaurateurs, the significance of listening, how creativity is the #1 skill or strength people attribute their success to, how creativity leads to competitive advantage, the 3 stages to the creative process, the 5 inner senses that guide the best chefs, and how meditation, yoga, and reading impact the creative process.

Karen Page along with husband, Andrew Dornenburg, are James Beard Award-winning authors of numerous culinary and restaurant industry themed books including Becoming a ChefCulinary ArtistryDining OutChef’s Night OutThe New American ChefWhat to Drink With What You EatThe Flavor Bible, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine, and The Vegetarian Flavor BibleThis past year, Karen and Andrew published their latest book, Kitchen Creativity where they shine a light on the creative process.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

“Follow your bliss.”

“Never go negative or let in negative emotions.”

“Have a plus one mentality. What can I do to add value?”


3 Stages of the Creative Process:

  1. Mastery
    • Mastering the fundamentals
    • Studying the past
    • Learning by copying
  2. Alchemy
    • The Evolution of Classics
    • Converting food through flavor
    • Flavor Dynamics
    • The flavor equation
  3. Creativity
    • Cooking with all your senses
    • the whowhatwhenwherewhy&howof creating a dish
    • Evolving to interdependence

Resources mentioned

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  1. Eric, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us about our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY — we so appreciate the passion and thoughtfulness you bring to your interviews and to your mission of sharing information and inspiration with the restaurant community. Cheers to a 2018 that’s utterly UNSTOPPABLE! Warmest wishes of the season,

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