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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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39. Feeding people? What’s the problem?

I have, of course, run restaurants. I have been involved, as an investor or as a variously ranked employee, with all sorts of different types. From a chain of precisely two Italian restaurants right through to the thousands of Burger Kings which served millions of Whoppers every day while I was captain of that particular ship.

What’s different, of course, is that – other than during something called ‘executive training’ – I have never actually run my own restaurant, day in, day out. By that, I mean actually feeding large numbers of people. Occasionally I forget that, and – half-blinded by delusions of competence and grandeur – I decide to do that at home.

Here’s how such a day goes, and how and why I get ...

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