I am very grateful that I have a job that I love so much – it has become my life! Here’s what I get up to on an average day.
6am – My alarm goes off and I jump straight into the shower. I use my Nespresso machine to make myself a double espresso to kick start my day, then I head to the gym for a daily workout.
7am - I start my training with my coach for 1hr to do some body strengthening then start my daily run on a treadmill between 10/15km on week days.
9:45am – When I leave the gym I make my way to the office, calling my brothers for a quick family catch up. When I get behind my desk the chefs make me some poached eggs sprinkled with zaatar and I give Chaker, my business partner, a ring so that we can update each other on any work matters. I sit down with Kasia, my assistant, to go through all the meetings and outstanding issues I have to deal with. I then go through my emails, and make and return calls.
I have just come back from one of the most memorable experiences of my life- the Oman Desert Marathon, which is a 165 km race run over 6 days. I ran for 4-8 hours each day carrying my 20lbs of equipment on my back, such as my sleeping bag and the food that would keep me going throughout this adventure.
On day 1 I found it really tough – it was so hot and I really felt like I was hitting a wall. However, that evening, whilst resting at the camp, something changed making this a run like no other for me. There was a 58 year old, blind lady, Odile, who was also doing the marathon accompanied by a guide. Unfortunately the guide injured his knee so had to drop out. One of the organisers announced this and asked if anyone would be willing to volunteer to help Odile round. There were a lot of blank faces whilst everyone looked around the room, but I saw it as an amazing opportunity so happily volunteered.
Last night was a big one for myself and the Comptoir team. We were delighted to have won the award for Innovation at The Lunch Business Awards 2014, held in Islington last night. The awards are the first of their kind in this sector, offering a fantastic way to celebrate success in the eating out of home market. We were up against some other great brands – Hai Street Kitchen and Timberyard – so it means even more to me to have been held in such high regard.