'It was like magic'. We thought and said that many times during these last two years. So did a large number of our approximately 10.000 guests, when they left the restaurant happy and full.
And yes, there may have been both good fairies and the goodwill of the universe taking part in the process, but actually we also did spend quite a lot of time thinking, researching and talking about how to reach our two goals with the restaurant: 1. Making our guests happy. 2. Giving more back than we take (which is included in the first goal).
One of the things we did was doing the excact opposite of most restaurants, we aimed at everything but perfection and control. We allowed chaos and incorrectness to be a part of the process. Because you cannot control happiness. Happiness is a chemical reaction in the brain (mainly caused by the release of dopamine), that occurs when you receive more or something else than you expect.The more you expect something specific to happen, the less dopamine you release (think of how drugs work).
Other factors where beauty, health, connection and caring for eachother and Mother Earth. If you want to know all our secrects, the rules we work by, you can watch the TedX talk below.
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