International Women's Day

Stosie Madi on her career so far

By Emily Hawkins

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Lancashire-based gastropub chef and owner Stosie Madi is whirlwind, who uses her travels to inform her menu creation. In this piece supported by Knorr, Madi reveals the secrets to her success.

Name: Stosie Madi


Job title: ​Co-founder/owner/chef Parkers Arms, Lancashire

How you got there​:
Hard work, vision and determination.

Where do you see yourself next?:
Mentoring, teaching, writing and founding new establishments.

Biggest issue for women in our trade right now:
Getting the work-life-children balance right.

What, if any, experiences of sexism in the workplace have you encountered?:
I have been very lucky. I have always founded and owned the restaurants and pubs I cook in so I have not had to deal with much sexism in the work place, however, as a female business owner I feel I have to knock harder to get my business voice heard.

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The media needs to take more account of hard-working women and reward accordingly.

Saying that, I never actually let anything hold me back nor the fact that I am a woman but I know and have heard of horror stories in the kitchen workplace.

Your advice to others who want to achieve what you have:
Work like a person not a woman and do not excuse any reasons you have for not wanting to do something.

They are your reasons and they are valid, being a woman should not come into it you either want it or do not.

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