In 1982, when Heston was sixteen, he and his family went to a three-star restaurant situated beneath towering cliffs in Provence, England. None of them had experienced anything like it before-not just the extraordinary food but the beauty of the surroundings, and the sheer theatre of waiters carving lamb at the table or pouring lobster sauce unto soufflés. At that moment, Heston fell in love with cooking and the idea of being a chef.
An Experimental Education It took more than a decade to realize this dream. By day he worked in a variety of jobs – photocopier salesman, debt collector, credit controller – while at night he worked his way through the classical repertoire of French cuisine, cooking the same dishes over and over, perfecting the techniques and seeking out the best ways to harness flavor. Every summer he spent two weeks crisscrossing France, visiting restaurants, suppliers and wine estates, learning about every aspect of gastronomy and banking flavour memories for the future. This formed Heston’s culinary apprenticeship. Apart from three weeks in a couple of professional kitchens, he is entirely self-taught. Today his restaurant, The Big Fat Duck, is rated as the best restaurant in the world and Chef Blumenthal is a THREE STAR MICHELIN CHEF!
Creativity Quote: "To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location, and the company as it is about the taste." (Heston Blumenthal) Creativity never takes special times for granted, but enjoys them all the more, knowing they are special.
Heston's cookbook isn't your "usual" cookbook!
Face 2: Shel Silverstein
Creativity Quote: "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." (Shel Silverstein)
Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, and began writing and drawing at a young age. He became a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
Silverstein is best known as the author of books of prose and poetry for young readers. His works include such modern classics as The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Runny Babbit, a posthumous poetry collection of spoonerisms (Spoonerisms are words or phrases in which letters or syllables get swapped. ex: "Wave the sales," instead of "Save the whales.:), was conceived and completed before his death.
Face 3: Jackie Robinson - Born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in 1947, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout his decade-long career with the Dodgers, Robinson made advancements in the cause of civil rights for black athletes. Willie Mays said, "Robinson was important to all blacks. To make it into the majors and to take all the name calling , he had to be something special. He had to take all of this for years, not just for Jackie Robinson, but for the nation." In 1955, he helped the Dodgers win the World Series. He retired in 1957 with a career batting average of .311.
Creativity Quote: "I'm not concerned with you liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being." (Jackie Robinson)
Creativity knows that without respect for others, there is no creativity --there is only harsh judgment and a closed mind.
Face 4: Billy Graham - Billy Graham, the American Christian evangelist, is best known for his worldwide evangelistic crusades preaching the message of Christianity to more people than anyone in history. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reports, "nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries" have been reached through his ministry. Graham has been an adviser to many American presidents and according to Gallup Polls is regularly listed as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men in the World."
Creativity Quote: "God has given us two hands, one to receive with and one to give with." (Billy Graham) Creativity knows it is important to give in the same measure as we receive.
Billy Graham has met with every President from Truman to Obama!
Face 5: Sheryl Sandberg - Sheryl Sandberg was born in Washington, D.C., in 1969. She went to Harvard for her bachelor's degree in economics and worked at the World Bank after graduating summa cum laude. She then attended Harvard Business School and went to work in the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. Sandberg later moved to Silicon Valley and worked for Google for seven years. She then moved to Facebook, where she has been CEO since 2008. Sandberg is the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has sold more than a million copies.
Creativity Quote: "I want every little girl who's told she's bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills." (Sheryl Sandberg)
Creativity knows that anything boys can do, girls can do too!
Click HERE to watch Sheryl talk about banning the word BOSSY!