What if there was a restaurant where the customers do the cooking?
If restaurants are about resting, cook-au-rants are about cooking!
Imagine: you show up, maybe with a friend as well, and you choose to either be the chef or to be on another chef’s team. If you’re the chef, you can either choose a dish to prepare from a cookbook or opt for a more experimental session. First, you go down to the storeroom and choose from a cornucopia of food, spices, and other ingredients. There’s state-of-the-art kitchen spaces and equipment, with various stations. Professional chefs roam around answering questions or doing paid tutorials. You take up your station and get to work.
Once your meal is prepared you can either eat it there or take it home. Or, if you’re experienced enough and your dish meets a chef’s approval, you can sell it to normal customers who come there for novelty dishes from amateurs like you. If you want and they’re game too, you can even meet them, ask them for feedback, and chat with them while they eat your food.
It would certainly take some magic to get this past the regulators, but that shouldn’t stop a determined entrepreneur. Novelty sells! People crave new experiences, particularly ones which both give them a creative outlet and expand their life skills at the same time.
I know it sounds crazy, but something tells me this is the kind of crazy that might actually work.