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Life is a journey about the transformation within and there are stages to it, this is my journey.
In my twenties and early thirties I was a Top Chef in the Netherlands where I ran my highly acclaimed restaurant: Bellefroid. It taught me that being a master in what you do is very important and that I could achieve anything I wanted.
I have run several businesses in my time. From a restaurant to a whole sale business selling wagyu beef and truffles to the top London restaurants Called TFC Express to The Sacred Alchemy empowering people to to connect to their highest self.
I always struggled with the way that we treat each other in business, it never felt right. It took me years to realise: It wasn't me, there is another way.
In 2009 I started my Foundation The Extraordinary Ones, about our interconnectedness which I ran until 2014. Our concept Fill the Cup was the most successful raising funds to feed children in developing countries.
I see this period as my apprenticeship and transformation into becoming truly myself and living true purpose.
In 2015 I was asked to help open a kitchen in the refugee camp in Calais, France. A project I am very proud of. From feeding a few hundred people every day we went to setting up a food distribution for 10 thousand people. I used all my inner and outer skills to make this happen.
Compassion is an accumulation of everything I have done. Compassion will be a community restaurant based on the Gift economy. The greatest challenge we face in our world is our loss of connection and understanding.
In Compassion we create a more beautiful world with each other by sharing a meal. When we share a meal with someone talk about our worries, success, we deepen our connections.
I share my journey in my blog: A Shared Meal
More About Me
My Life is my Message.
My motto: Wake up and Show up!
Through my journey from Top Chef, social entrepreneur, author, mentor to philanthropist I’ve have learned and lived that real change can only come from the inside.
A profound inner experience radically changed the course of my life. I devoted a lot of time to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation inside myself. I forced me to change my business and go on a totally different path. It was time to be me!
Now I help people and businesses tap into their own greatness, rapidly manage current challenges, achieve more effortless results, more effective collaboration therefor creating unprecedented freedom and happiness.
I empower people to live a fully authentic life. I truly believes that anyone can life the life they truly want. It is about opening your heart.
What Others Say
“Leon is undeniably a modern day mystic, a man for this renaissance, Leon is an ancient soul choosing to incarnate for the spiritual evolution of humanity. Leon’s insights are given with heartfelt clarity, which transcend space and time, his recipe for life is his story. Leon speaks with great confidence and certainty, inspiring us all to look within for our innate treasures our gifts to share with the world. It is a privilege and an honour to share the stage with him.”
Ella Matheson Founder Peace in the City
"I’m super charged after chatting with Leon. Leading the conversation without interrupting me, so I can express myself fully, he manages to have me talking about my deepest intentions and matters I same to be struggling with. He helps me to get back to my authentic self and problems that would be on my mind in a way they would keep me awake all night all of a sudden are solved in a way I could never imagine.Letting go and trusting, is what Leon makes me do. Letting go of a doses of negative emotions and replacing them with trust in what is."
Armand Urlings Professional chef
“Leon has a gentle yet focussed and very intuitive approach which helped me tune into the deeper messages and blocks which might be holding me back from fulfilling my potential. Highly recommended!”
"Leon mirrored me in such a beautiful way, He showed me what I was hiding from so I could clear those and replace them with the powerful being I am. I left feeing very connected to my source. I believe in being love and you are love."
"Leon impressed us all with his vision and his ability to 'walk the talk' of what he spoke about. He is an inspiration for 'just do it'!"
“Leon is a truly gifted inspirational speaker and author. He has a very relaxed, simple, peaceful, balanced aura around him, and he had everyone engaged all the time he was speaking to us. He clearly has a mission. The mission is PEACE on earth. He delivers the necessary tools to become part of this movement. There was an atmosphere of lightness and excitement in the space, when the talk was finished. My daughter, who also felt this was one of the most special people she had ever met and who walked away with a sense of enlightenment.”
Silvia Siret Oxford Yes Group
“Leon has the ability to enable change in people, to reveal the barriers to change and shine a light. Our experience of working with him, with an aim to re-energise our company, has been fruitful. Individual and team dynamics have freed us to look for solutions for the whole company in a fun dynamic way, whilst leaving us with a set of tools to now help ourselves.”
John Benque Freedown Food
“This is a book written from the heart from someone who knows, cares and understands. If ever a book could provide 'food for thought' to anyone who cares about world hunger, this is it. Leon describes his journey from successful chef and businessman to a feeder of souls.”
Philippa Hull about my book Feeding People
“It is a safe, gentle environment where you can explore areas you truly love, gain clarity, re-connect and become your true self, discover your gifts.”
“Everybody on the planet has greatness inside then and Leon is demonstrating the power that one person can have.”
Jim Rees Ultra Cyclist, Ironman, Author, Keynote speaker
”Leon’s wonderfully warm approach to speaking was instantly engaging. His honesty and passion was immediately evident and his gentle persuasion and creative energy shows how we can all make a difference by doing a relatively small thing; it is in our hands, we can create a huge impact so that no one goes to bed hungry. ”
Tanya Mann Rennick The Oyster Club
” The best spiritual development circle in the heart of London. Ella and Leon are the most brilliant facilitators and spiritual communicators who provide the attendees a totally illuminating experience.”
Nicole Song on Peace Circles
“If you are looking for clarity, if you are thinking there must be more to life, if you are working to change/recognise patterns, if you want to breathe easily, if you want to truly and freely love your life then join this event.”
Pearl Jordan after the Soul Transformation
Empower Your Life
Do you sometimes feel that life should be more then eat, sleep, work and a party in the weekend?
Do you want to live more authentically?
Allow me to help you create the life you truly want.
More effortless results, cohesion and collaboration in your business and at home.
Transform Your Business
Live and act your true authentic purpose.
Do you feel there is something missing in your life and you'd like to make the necessary changes?
Let me stand beside you and empower you to:
Gain crystal clear clarity.
Have the courage to make the right decisions.
Enjoy maximum positive benefits.
I have a proven track record of working with all kinds of individuals and teams.
It's my signature programme. Tailor-made to suit your specific situation.
Lets start a conversation.
Teams and Organisations
One of the many challenges is to address the convergent demands of employees and customers engagement, within an increasing ethical market place, particularly the issue of maintaining a smooth running and profitable business.
I have developed a range of programmes on building resilience, inclusive leadership and conscious leadership. We create an environment where transformation is possible and employees feel empowered.
Become a a successful, profitable and admired company.
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Public Speaking and Key Notes
I have a range of key notes speeches lasting from 10 to 90 min on the subjects of Authenticity, Compassion and Empowerment.
Who we truly are and How to Live with Your Heart Fully open.
My talks are always interactive, experiential and daring the audience to think outside of the ordinary. Look at my YouTube Channel for examples.
Cooking and Connection
‘Mankind is our business, taking care of each other.’
‘Giving and receiving are one of the same’
Compassion is a coming together of everything I have done all my life. One day little while ago I saw how it all fits and my purpose is now about bringing it together. Compassion is born out their desire to create a more beautiful world and the work they have done individually and collaboratively. Compassion will be a space where we can re-connect with each other, gain greater understanding and create more cohesive and peaceful communities.
We are currently looking for a location in London and hope to open soon. You can follow our progress on social media and the blog: A Shared Meal.
Compassion is a fully functioning restaurant (and concept), that encourages connection and communication, brings communities together. It follows the principles of the Gift Economy, which means there will be one free meal service per week, donated meals and a Compassion wall showing notes of appreciation and kindness.
Compassion is also an event space and collaborates with other organisations, who may use the space for fundraising events and/or workshops around the principles of compassion and kindness.
Compassion is a place where we talk, share and connect with each other from our common humanity. When we share food with each other we connect, we laugh, cry, sing and dance with each other.
The mission of Compassion is to bring people closer to each other and to grow our understanding and common connection. Everyone is welcome regardless of your background, religion, culture, age, nationality, colour of skin or sexual orientation. A place from where we co-create and design a more beautiful world.
Our vision for Compassion is to be a community and a movement which spreads around the globe, connecting form abundance.
Compassion will not have one cooking style but rather depending on others, chefs, community groups, volunteers and organisations to come and cook and share their meals with us. The meals will be served as sharing dishes to entice connection and communication.
Compassion will be built on the following 5 values:
Pay it Forward
Thoughts, insights, wisdom, musings, and ruminations.
I share with you my insights called: Life Recipes and my blog bit the power of sharing a meal together which has the power of creating a more beautiful world. Sharing a meal is the basis of my new project; Compassion!
#IStand - a Movement
#Istand is a movement that unites people to show that they stand for social and human justice, truth, equality, peace and change around the world.
Our aim is very simple. We want to encourage millions of people around the world to share an image and message through social media using the hashtag #IStand and invite their friends to do the same to create collectively a more beautiful world for all of us.
Our goal is to grow #Istand into a sustainable and growing groundswell movement which brings back our common humanity and a peaceful society.
What YOU can do:
All you need to do is take a picture of yourself, like the ones below.
Write #Istand on the back of your right hand and place your hand on your heart, just as I do in the image attached. Then upload your photo to Facebook, Twitter and/Instagram and add the following words:
Enough is enough.
#IStand for our common Humanity, Equality, Truth, Peace and Justice for All!
And then ask your friends and followers to do the same.
What do you think? Can we reach 100 people in a week, 1000 in a month, 10.000 in 2 months and millions of us by the end of this year?
Post on our social media.
For occasional wisdom, musings, insights, inspirations, compassionate and empowering updates!
The Gift Economy.
I am a firm believer of the Gift Economy. I use it in all my work.
It is based on mutual trust. It means that you trust that I give to you my knowledge and wisdom to the best of my abilities. I trust that you appreciate me by giving me the true value it represents to you. The way it works practically is that I will give you a proposed value of the work we agree to undertake together.
I trust you value me in the appropriate way.