I was studying accountancy - taxation. During my internship, I realized that my love for working in a restaurant was way bigger than my course. Because I wasn't sure of opening an own restaurant, I sign up for 'Mijn pop-up restaurant'. The main reason to participate in the show was to find out exactly how passionate I am about the food service industry.
To be honest, it was exhausting. I didn't have a lot of skills to run a big restaurant. We had to create a concept and when we found our concept 'Mexico' we had to learn a lot about the Mexican kitchen and tequila. Beside this, we had to decorate the restaurant and hire staff and all of this with 1 million people who are watching your back.
My hardest struggle, in the beginning, was 'social media'. The people who are talking shit about you while you're working your but off. They just don't understand that it is television and yes sometimes they make is a lot juicier than it actually is. Months go by and you're getting smarter and smarter. In other words, you don't read that crap anymore. (: