I discovered The Mind of a Chef via kottke.org last weekend. I could not believe that I didn't know anything about it. PBS's new series combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang. Check your local listings. The first four episodes are available online.
In one of the episodes we get a glimpse of Ferran Adria who once ran El Bulli, considered by many the best restaurant on earth until he decided to close it at the height of its fame to pursue, amongst other things, Bullipedia. He explained that his success came not from perfecting and innovating dishes, but from innovation on preparation, on how the dishes are prepared. If you perfect one thing then that is all that you do, but if you perfect how you make that one thing the skills are transferable and you can create many things. He said that is the spirit of everyone that works and studies and his new El Bulli Foundation.