Max, tell us a little about The Van
The Van, Mallorca came about after a chat in a bar in Madrid with a friend I've known for over 10 years. We were talking about different ideas, as both of us wanted to move further on in life, and were at the point in our lives and careers to try something for ourselves – that's when the idea of a food truck came up. I had worked in East London for six months in 2012 and was aware of the increasing popularity of street food, as well as of the benefits of working in pop-ups and other temporary structures before branching out into full-time premises.
Later on, in January 2017, I went to a festival called MADREAT in Madrid to look at the different types of trucks and almost immediately fell in love with the old Citroen HY model due to its look and the sheer versatility, comfort and practicality it offers inside. I saw then the possibility of catering for private events in villas in Mallorca, as well as in Ibiza, offering different styles of international food. I emailed a few companies who were already doing that to see what kind of response I got back, and it all seemed fairly positive. It kind of all just spiralled on from there. There was really good energy around everything in my life at that moment in time, especially with people I had met, and I felt like it was the right time to take the leap into self-employment.
So, when was your first time in Mallorca?
I moved to Mallorca four years ago, after having lived in Ibiza. I was pleasantly surprised by how big and cosmopolitan Palma is. However, I didn’t expect the two islands to be quite so different even regarding more general things like opening times and attitudes to life – over the years, I’ve realised how much I like this contrast. I suppose I learned a lot more about the cultural importance and history of the Balearics, as well as Spain, since I started living in Mallorca.
What were you doing before?
Before coming to Mallorca I lived in Ibiza for two years on the advice of a friend, after spending some time in London in various management positions at bars and restaurants. I was kind of undecided as to where I wanted to go next and was torn between moving to Paris or coming to Spain. I ended up booking a flight to Ibiza and have been in the country ever since – I have to say I’m very happy to have finally discovered summer! Before London, I was part of a project in Tuscany (Italy) called Borgo Santo Pietro where I worked for three seasons. Before that, I lived and worked in New York, which was an amazing experience. I always say, to myself anyway, that I learned about work ethics in Scotland, customer service in New York, the importance of style and quality product in Italy, financial acumen in London and the ability to think creatively in Ibiza. Each place has presented me with different scenarios to navigate and has also come with its distinct personalities and characters, shaping my own character to this day.