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.
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.