Great responses. I look at tradition as a solid foundation for cooking, but get a kick out of trying new things. I love the old school results, but also love tasting something new and different.
I made a farking turkey burger for a throwdown entry last week, and was totally caught off guard when I actually liked it -- a lot. I never saw that coming.
I love good food surprises. I love that "wow, I didn't see that coming" moment when you eat something you didn't think you would like, but once you eat it, you do like it.
I just wonder how many brethren see food as a never ending adventure. I hope I never stop discovering new things to eat.