Johana Pierre – Head Chef at The Village Inn in Paddington

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?

I would tell my younger self to be patient and perseverant. I would also tell my younger self that it is not easy to be working in a male dominated industry as I feel like you always have to prove yourself.

What’s something you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?

The thing that I am the most proud of is how far I came with little experience and how far male cooks/chefs learnt from myself. I also believe that I learnt a lot with every male chef/cook that I worked with.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?

I will ask them to support each other and go for what they want to do in life. I see many women giving up their dream job because they feel like they always have to do more in a male industry to prove themselves.

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