• The Blue Lotus Café Podcast

    a series of 57 (!) conversations with Ivor Madžar. Every Wednesday. 20 minutes per episode. Available on any podcasting platform Apple, Spotify, Google, Anchor...


    Everything you need to think about before opening a café!

    During this conversation, we talk about project management and more specifically about tasks management.


    Create a BACKLOG of tasks can ease the setup and launch of a plant-based café.


    We take the example of a vegan café in Split and go through each category of tasks and what to consider.



    Listen this episode of the Blue Lotus Café podcast on "BACKLOG".

    Profit & Loss Statement

    Know your Numbers...

    • What is a "Profit and Loss" Statement?

    • Why using it to manage your business project 

    • How-to?

    - read it, understand and use it 

    • What for?


    Listen the Blue Lotus Café Podcast on Apple or on Spotify.

    on Business Coaching,

    Methods & Plant-Based Business Opportunities

    • Creativity by Contraints

    • Bootstrapping

    • Sabbatical Project

    • KANBAN

    • KAIZEN

    • Set your Price as a Freelancer
    • Food Costing as a Chef

    • Why Positive Cash Flow Model?


    Listen the Blue Lotus Café Podcast on Apple or Spotify... You can check the follow-up conversations on IG TV Channel.

    on Self-Development,

    Learning & Lifestyle Design

    • Self-Knowledge, Cultivating Mindsets

    • Instructor Mindset

    • Teaching & Training

    • Self-Learning, Autodidact

    • Write Your Manifesto

    • Stoicism

    • Essentialism, book

    • IKIGAI


    Listen the Blue Lotus Café Podcast on Apple or Spotify... You can check the follow-up conversations on IG TV Channel.

    on Plant-Based Cuisine,

    Wellness & Plant-strong Lifestyle

    • Plant-Based Speciality Cuisine

    • SOUL Plant Food

    • Pure & Simple WFPB lifestyle

    • Time Restricted Eating

    • Fit After 40

    • 5-DAYTOX Challenge

    • Hydration

    • Blue Zones


    Listen the Blue Lotus Café Podcast on Apple or Spotify... You can check the follow-up conversations on IG TV Channel.

  • Articles and cooking books

    I explore what sparks my curiosity...

    Draft a personal Manifesto in 3 Steps

    Don't neglect your dreams, write your adventure book

    A manifesto is a letter to yourself, a reminder and a call to live under your terms.


    Start by figuring out who you are. Then question who you think you are. Finally draft your own adventure book, who you want to become.


    Read the full article on "Draft a personal manifesto in 3 Steps".

    Remote Work, a mini playbook

    Is Remote Work the Future of Work?

    Looking at the practical side of working from home.

    • Why now?

    • Essential needs? + Learning to work differently

    • Attention & Time management

    • New practices

    • Become a Manager of One

    • New Leadership


    Read the full article on "Remote Work". We also recorded a IGTV live on Remote Work.

    Mindful Eating Plan

    Last week article on MEDIUM

    • Simplify the WHAT to eat

    • Be Mindful of the WHEN to eat

    • Don’t worry so much on the HOW-MUCH

    • Care about your recovery

    • It is not a diet that matters… it is your lifestyle


    + a Myth Buster on Superfoods


    Read Mindful Eating Plan made easy.

    Livres de Cuisine

    100% végétale et sans gluten

    Cette belle aventure a commencé avec Secrets d'endurance, il y a près de 6 ans, puis Protéines Vertes, enfin plus récemment Le Grand Livre de la Cuisine Crue. Ces livres sont publiés aux éditions La Plage (Paris).


    Je souhaite continuer à explorer des thématiques autour d'un style de vie actif, d'une cuisine 100% végétale, pure et simple, colorée et créative. N'hésitez pas à me contacter pour des projets d'éditions.

  • Learn How-to develop a Plant-Based Business

    One on One Online Training for Independents

    You are looking to learn easy to apply project management methods in order to get things done in time and save energy to focus on your craft.

    Training Workshop w Christophe Berg

    Customized to your specific Skillset and Experiences

    Topics to learn:

    • Plant-based business 101
    • Personal storytelling, self-knowledge and awareness
    • Early development Cycle of your PROJECT
    • Personal Project Management, KAIZEN
    • Time Management techniques, KANBAN
    • Project Mapping and Retro Planning
    • Case Study Vegan Café + Backlog / Critical Path
    • Opportunity Study, Exit rules
    • Business Essentials: budget, costs & expenses, price setting and pricing tactics, Profit and Loss statement, cash flow, resources request...
    • Training includes: 8 hours of One on One video calls, email correspondance and education material (lectures, templates)
    • No Prerequisites.
    • Requires: a minimum of 12 hours of Personal Work
    • Durations: 5-day "intense" Training or a 4-week Training
    • Languages: English or French

    Send a request (online form).

  • Coaching: Develop your Plant-Based Business

    Design the life you want, develop a sustainable lifestyle

    It’s not enough "to be plant-based". On top of your talent, hard-work and enduring motivation, you need some essential management skills and business understanding in order to develop an economically viable project.


    You need to simplify, streamline and focus on what's essential in order to develop a personally sustainable project. I am here to help. So that you can dream with a solid plan.

    90-DAY One on One Coaching Program

    • Outline your Personal Development Plan, visualize and clarify your aspirations, vision and values.
    • Visualize your concept, clarify your directions and objectives
    • Outline your Project Plan and roadmap
    • Define your Tactic and Action plans
    • Experiment and develop your project by iterations
    • Evaluate the outcomes, streamline and simplify
    • Outline a Communication Plan (storytelling, manifesto, core values, online presence… )

    Coaching includes: initial conversation to define a personalized coaching plan, 2 hours of weekly One on One Video calls (lectures + briefing), email correspondance and education material (lectures and templates).


    Requires: a minimum of 4 hours of personal work every week.


    Overall duration: 3 months

    Languages: English or French


    Send a request (online form).

  • Consulting: Creative Business Development

    for Peaceful Plant-Based 🌱 Projects

    You are managing a small business, you need a project manager to oversee the development of new projects but you don't have the visibility to hire a permanent senior project developer. Contact me.

    Management by Projects

    Project-Oriented Strategy • Lean Management

    • Project Design, opportunity study (feasibility, viability), vision, strategy, swot analysis, tactic plan, risks assessment
    • Project Development, hiring a team, setting smart goals, planning, assessing risks and economic viability, backlog
    • Project Management, roadmap, retro-planning. tasks, time and resources management. Problem solving. 
    • Project Coaching, mentoring, coaching or training team members
    Some Projects:
    • Blue Lotus Hua Hin, Wellness Boutique Resort and Club
    • Plant-Based Cuisine on board! with Apollo Group (Miami) for Oceania and Regent Cruise Lines.
    • Design Juice/Smoothie Bar on Oceania & Regent Cruises.
    • Developing Tom Juice’s Bar in St Barth


    Send a request (online form)

  • Christophe Berg

    Independent Consultant, Coach and Trainer • Simplifier /Planner/Fixer • Plant-based 🌱since 2005

    From Hacking Games to Project Management

    and eventually Training & Teaching...

    Early on I became attracted if not fascinated by computers and went from hacking video games and learning English along the way to working in my twenties as a software developer and a database architect. As the internet wave hit Europe, I quickly became a digital project manager and a game designer.


    For the past 25 years, I worked as a consultant and independent project manager, applying agile methods for web development, game design and digital production. I have a Master of Science degree, in Mathematics and Computer Science, with a specialization in Project Management. I taught project management, agile methods and creative design as a guest lecturer for 10 years in France (Master of Video Games), the Netherlands (Utrecht School of Arts) and Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnics).

    From Plant-Based Lifestyle to Consulting

    As an avid-trail-runner, I started by experimenting with plant-based food for active people. While running a cooking studio in Haarlem, I wrote 12 books on plant-based cuisine and explored the emerging vegan scene in The Netherlands, France, California, Croatia and España...


    I worked as the Executive Chef & Project Manager to launch Yi Athens Raw Vegan Café in Greece, MK Culinary Academy in Thailand and TOM's Juice Bar in St Barth and as a consultant for Apollo Group to develop the plant-based cuisine on board the Oceania and Regent cruise lines.


    Through these projects, I keep promoting Plant-based lifestyle for active people and Plant-Based as a NEW Speciality Cuisine.

    From launching Blue Lotus to Project Development and Coaching...

    I imagined, developed and launched Blue Lotus Hua Hin, the first Learning Center for Plant-Based Cuisine in Thailand.


    Which means, in no particular order: Hiring, Coaching the Instructor Team • Business Development • Quality Control • Teaching, Coaching students • Project management + Problem Solving • Storytelling, content creation and online communication • Curriculum Development: Pure Energy, Green Thai Cuisine, Chef's Training, Instructor Training + Business Coaching • Plant-Based Menu Development for the Resort + Training cook


    And now? I am working as an independent consultant specialized in creative plant-based projects. I am based in La Palma (Canary islands, Spain, EU). Don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Keep Exploring

    Active Living • Creative Projects • Self-Learning

  • Catch Me if You Can on Social Media...

    I am mostly active on IG, publish articles on MEDIUM and connect via Linkedin.