May we introduce?
Christian Kramer was practically born into the food business. He comes from a family of restaurateurs and worked in various businesses run by his parents when he was still at school. Today, as an entrepreneur, he is specifically committed to the topic of sustainability in the food and gastronomy sector: he is CEO and Co-Founder of Food2050. He is also the father of a daughter.
In a few words, can you briefly explain what Food2050 is about? What do you and your business partners want to achieve?
FOOD2050 promotes more sustainable food systems by evaluating and optimising recipes in the food sector, giving consumers better choices and making it easier for businesses to achieve their sustainability goals.
As an entrepreneur and father, what are the biggest challenges you face in your daily life?
FOOD2050 is a very young company and functions very much like a toddler. It needs a lot of care and affection and you have to stay agile all the time, because every day you are faced with the unexpected. In concrete terms, this means that you are constantly juggling things and you have to set your priorities anew again and again. As my wife also works 100%, this is not always easy, especially when the nursery calls to say that our child has a fever and needs to be picked up as soon as possible. Apart from looking after the children and building up the business, I see the biggest challenge in looking after our partnership and our circle of friends. There is not much time left for this and often the priorities are not quite the same as they were before becoming parents.
What are the moments in your daughter’s life that you don’t want to miss?
I find it incredible to experience the development of my daughter and especially to be able to share moments of discovery with her. These are usually not plannable and manifest themselves in various everyday moments. That’s why I try to spend time with her every day and often I get the WOW moments. In the future, however, there will certainly be many events that I clearly don’t want to miss, e.g. first day of school, first wobbly tooth, shared hobbies, etc.
What did no one tell you before you became a father?
How much time the first year takes. “Luckily” Lucie was born during the pandemic, which allowed us to spend more time at home and the workload was correspondingly smaller. I also couldn’t have imagined how much time you would effectively want to spend with the children.
Your wife is from Canada. How does the different cultural background affect your child-rearing?
We definitely have our differences in parenting, but I’m not sure how much of it is cultural. I think the cultural difference is more in my wife’s view of what the state’s foundation for families should look like. Canada is very different from Switzerland in that respect.
To what extent do you think the role of the father and the social expectations associated with it have changed in the last few years?
The distribution of roles is certainly no longer the same as it was with my parents, and I think that’s a good thing. My wife clearly has the right to develop professionally and she should have this chance, provided that the professional activities of both parents allow for an adequate upbringing of the children. If not, a joint solution must be found. I think our system must allow both parents to take on their responsibilities and if it is not possible for systemic reasons, such as short paternity leave, then this makes a fair distribution of roles more difficult. However, I think that a rethink is taking place in this regard, but that the concrete system adjustments will take a long time and Switzerland will therefore still be lagging behind for a long time.
What would you like to do better as a dad in the future and what are you quite good at?
I would like to find a balance between my daughter (and any future children 😉 ) and our partnership and find a common path for parenting. What is already going quite well is the change in my daily rhythm. I was never an early riser and often went to bed very late. That has changed completely in the meantime and I now like to adapt to Lucie’s rhythm.
What advice will you give your daughter one day when it comes to her professional development?
I often think about that and I still have a lot of questions myself. It’s not that easy, but from my experience I can only say that you should dare to try new things and be prepared to make mistakes. You almost always find a solution, no matter how difficult the challenge.
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