From "Ratatouille", bonus DVD:

Anybody can cook. It's just you have to have the desire, the determination, to make something that you're going to feel proud to give to somebody to have that emotional connection with somebody. I think you have to be emotionally attached to what you're doing.

And the food can be so inspiring. It comes in in its raw form, and you think, "Ok, what am I going to do with this?" What are we looking at when we're defining a new dish? We're really looking at the end product. What do we want to see in the dish, what do we want to feel in our mouth, what do we want to smell, what do want to taste? And then we work backwards. In establishing the different techniques or the different products that we're going to use, that will result in that end.