Where were you born? New Orleans, Louisiana
Where else have you lived? Paris, France
How long have you been in Hong Kong? 25 years
Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? Mid-Levels West
Children and ages? One daughter, almost 16 years old
Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I own Go Gourmet Catering and Magnolia — which is “officially” closed as a private kitchen, but we offer catering and are running a pop-up in Sheung Wan until the end of December. Also, we have taken over Corner Kitchen Cafe (we serve good old fashion burgers and AMAZING gluten-free pizzas!) and offer a cooking school there too. I am also the co-founder of Mexican resturant Little Burro.
In addition, I run a food incubator called Kitchen Sync, for early stage food startups. We have a fully licensed shared-use commercial kitchen allowing food entrepreneurs to start their business more cost effectively.
And I am a mentor and public speaker. Oh and I just won the Amcham Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
What work did you do in your past lives? I’m a horrible employee so have had my own businesses for awhile. I worked in retail, selling everything from high-end jewelery to Lladro porcelain and Swarovski crystal to home furnishings and tablecloths. I also worked as a front desk clerk in a hotel (where I met my husband).
What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? I came to Hong Kong as a trailing spouse with my husband’s job on a two-year contract. I started my business, his contract got renewed, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What posts do you comment on and why? I usually comment on those pertaining to teenagers and like to re-post things to Hong Kong Moms which encourage people to smile and not take things too seriously.
What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? That NONE of us are perfect and we’re not the godawful mommy failures we sometimes think we are. Hong Kong Moms has taught me that we should all cut ourselves a bit more slack in the parenting department because we’re all just doing the best we can with what we’ve got. (Oh, and I love the tips that give moms a heads-up on bargains, either for little pop-up shops or online shopping.)
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? Too many to choose from so I’ll pick the latest — the joke post that someone’s hubby gave her $3000 to buy a tree and she could then spend the rest on makeup and jewelry, but he got mad when she turned up with a teeny air freshener tree!
What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? Where to find ANYTHING!
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? As a business woman, I love that everything is so efficient. As a mother, I love that it’s so safe.
And frustration? Two words: CAN NOT.
What is your craziest Hong Kong experience? Craziest experience was seeing skyscrapers being built with bamboo scaffolding for the first time. Second craziest — 26th birthday at Joe Bananas!
What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms? I met one of my former business partners (Ifat Kafry Hindes) as well as a few other people that I’ve met ‘in the real world’ and recognized them from their Hong Kong Moms posts.
Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Jayne Jeje