©Arlene R. Taylor PhD

Not long ago, a group of friends were discussing individual differences related to preference. One of the guests asked when dinner would be ready, and that led to the topic of food in general, which led to a discussion of the way in which different cooks or chefs might approach food preparation from the position of their innate giftedness. Soon a lively discussion was well under way. Here were some of their comments related to sensory preference:

  • Kinesthetics would typically taste everything and be very concerned about odors and the consistency of the food.
  • Visuals would likely focus more on the presentation—of the food as well as the lighting, table decorations, surroundings, and you name it. 
  • Auditories might talk to themselves, the guests, the cat under foot, and even to the food! They might be interested in soft background music, or turn on the indoor water fountain, or suggest a short musical presentation during dessert, with guests making contributions based on their individual talents.