Four years ago, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper asked restaurant owner Danny Meyer to address a convention of state governors.
Mr Hickenlooper did not do this because he wanted him to whip up a meal, provide cooking tips or discuss employment and earnings in the restaurant trade. (Mr Meyer founded Shake Shack, a national chain, and runs a number of high-end restaurants such as The Modern and Union Square Cafe in New York.) Instead, Mr Hickenlooper had a more urgent question: What could - or should - we all learn from the restaurant world to improve 21st-century politics? Could Congress or state legislatures find inspiration in the nation's kitchens?