The International Women’s Day theme this year is #BreakTheBias, and PAWA continues to do just that every time it helps a girl create a better future for herself and others through the power of education. And because we need inspirational stories to show us what is possible, we’re delighted to bring to you an IWD evening with three amazing Food and Drink entrepreneurs: Judy Joo, Nisha Katona and Tina Chen.
Celebrity chef Judy Joo made the switch from a career on Wall Street when she realised that her passion lay in cooking. She moved to London in 2007, working as pastry chef for Gordon Ramsay, with stints at Michelin-starred restaurants like ‘The French Laundry’ and ‘The Fat Duck’. In 2011 she starred in Iron Chef UK, becoming the only female Iron Chef in the country. She launched her own shows — Judy Joo’s Return to Korea and two seasons of Korean Food Made Simple — and appeared in several others in the US and the UK, such as The Today Show, Food Network and ITV’s Cooking with the Stars. Judy opened her first Korean restaurant ‘Jinjuu’ in London in 2014. Her new restaurant, ‘Seoul Bird’, is at Westfield and Canary Wharf
Nisha Katona is the CEO and executive & development chef of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and founder of the Mowgli Trust Charity. After a 20 year career as a barrister, Nisha used all her savings to open the first Mowgli Street Food restaurant in Liverpool in 2014 and has not looked back since. Today, there are 18 restaurants across the UK and many more in the offing. Nisha was awarded an MBE in 2019 for services in the Food industry.
Tina Chen was Inspired by the Taiwanese bubble tea concept and the British tea drinking culture to start HumaniTea, a range of vegan milk tea drinks. Launched in 2018, the company has grown even through the pandemic and last year produced its first batch from a manufacturing facility. As founder and Chief Tea Officer, Tina is firm about creating a social impact with her healthy beverages
If your company does business in Asia, is interested in promoting diversity and supporting education, PAWA is happy to discuss any ideas.