Tips from Shake Shack for politicians

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?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Tips from Shake Shack for politicians'. Print Edition | Subscribe