Yes! After one focuses on the basics for some time, jiyuwaza can be great.
Douglas Dale Sensei, 4th dan, is a fantastic cook. He learned the fundamentals at a Buddhist Monastery in Japan. He manages and cooks at the best restaurant at Lake Tahoe, California. See http://www.tahoe-world.com/content/view/10920/75i
for a log of his daily training regimen or go to www.wolfdales.com
for info on the east/west fusion restaurant. He has cooked for Saito Morihiro Shihan and many other top Aikido senseis as well as celebrities, etc.