Becoming a mum totally changed everything for me, I stopped working on Mother’s Day and I was taken out to lunch to my favourite restaurant with my own family. The day is a lot more relaxing.
My career changed, I started working less evenings initially, then when my second child was born I started working 4 days a week to have an extra day to enjoy my children and their activities.
There have been very few mums that I have worked with along the way during my Chef career. I am often the only Mum in the kitchen and one in only a handful of mums across the companies I have been involved in. Fortunately for me though, I have always been involved in very supportive environments and having children has never been an issue, and flexibility has always been favourable with the businesses I have been involved in.
It’s important to have a good balance, it swings both ways. I have been really lucky to align myself with great employers. Sam Prince Hospitality Group are totally amazing. I never use my children as an excuse. I always give 200% at work to compensate for times if I do need to leave work a little early to be somewhere for the children or start a little later. I think mums in general are more efficient as we need to be! getting 10 hours worth of work done in 6! I have 3 children now! I have to pinch myself. Blessed. Ruby 6, Isla 4 and Flynn is 3 months old.