Balance July 2018 - 44

BALANCE PROMOTION

The bliss
of Swiss
The Balance team underwent
a #BeMoreSwiss masterclass
with their friends at Ricola,
and now know everything
from A(lps) to Z(urich)

THE EXPERTS

Alexandra Dudley
Artist, author and
entrepreneur

Anton Mosimann
Chef, restaurateur
and raconteur

Marie-Hélène Ferguson
Principal at the London
School of Etiquette

T

he next evolution for the Balance
office will be installing cuckoo clocks
on the walls. Why? Because the
team recently enjoyed a stupendous
#BeMoreSwiss masterclass in central London,
thanks to our friends at Ricola, purveyors of
beloved, delicious, refreshing (and, indeed,
quintessentially Swiss) herbal sweets. After
all, we Britons have much to learn from our
Alp-based allies, given Switzerland has been
voted the happiest place in the world, with its
inhabitants enjoying an average life expectancy
of 83 (12 years above the global average).
The whole event was enough to make you
reach for your finest tracht. Taking place at
iconic London dining club Mosimann's, the
day included a delicious four-course meal,
talks with luminaries Alexandra Dudley (artist
and author) and Marie-Hélène Ferguson
(principal at the London School of Etiquette)
and, with a view to becoming more Swiss
(naturally), Anton Mosimann himself. The chef,
restaurateur and raconteur was on hand to
dispense his usual wit and wisdom.
Having enjoyed the day first-hand, the Balance
team wants to share its top five favourite findings
so that you too can #BeMoreSwiss. While you
might not be able to enjoy Alpine air, punctual
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trains (can you imagine?) and awe-inspiring
mountain views, hopefully these nuggets will
make your day that little bit brighter...

1. STRIKE THE RIGHT
WORK/LIFE BALANCE
This was a common theme, and
something that seems to apply to most
Swiss: take your work seriously, but always
find the right level of enjoyment. Indeed,
Anton Mosimann gave the sort of sprightly
talk at the age of 71 years young that provided
enough inspiration to have you pack up your
troubles and move to Lugano. There is much
to admire about the chef, who has cooked for
four generations of the Royal family, and serving
Prime Ministers including Tony Blair, John Major
and David Cameron. He also regaled attendees
with his tale of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher,
who was entertaining French President François
Mitterrand. Maggie was a huge fan of Anton's
cooking, but there was just one problem, she
said. "Too expensive."

2. THE SPICE OF LIFE
Ricola sweets are famed for their delicious
secret blend of 13 herbs, which are all grown in
the Swiss mountains. Just one of the things that



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