Culinary & Design Advisor (Mother & Wife) – Caroline

Describe your job in couple of sentences:

I have taken a mother and wife’s job very seriously since I was a child. Raised by feminists, it
was never in contradiction in my mind. When I had my first child 14 years ago, it felt like I found
myself constantly having to justify my “job” at dinner party when asked what I was doing in life.
Finally, one day, after my uncle told me that mothers would be paid like CEO’s if they had a
salary, I completely embraced what my mother/ wifeship state. This liberation allowed me to
keep being a mother of two (almost 3 with my stepson), a life partner but also take on another
job which is an assistant then full consultant in my husbands restaurant. Slowly I found out that
helping my loved ones (close and extended family and friends) was such an uplifting essential
trail in my life.
I also discovered that I am very skilled through everyday observing and learning in an array of
different subjects so I feel safe knowing I could survive and even maybe thrive in most
environments.

When did you know what you wanted to do?

I always thought I would be a lawyer or a doctor because I adore both fields but could never
achieve any of the two as I am very far from being an academic being. Nevertheless, from a
very early age I knew I wanted to be a responsible, unconditionally loving presence in my
children lives.

Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship?
What did you study?

I went to University to study economics for one year, than law for 2 years then I
went to the American University in Paris to study film theory and criticism but
fell short of graduating

What was your first job?

My first job was being a PR in fashion

Does it relate to what you do now?

What I learned during my first job I still use a lot doing marketing for my
husband’s restaurant

Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they?

No I didn’t

How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

By helping out my husband and finding nooks and crannies to fill that were essential but
unattended. I created my job that is now essential to the running of the restaurant.

How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

I offered to help, was given tasks, completed them thoroughly and seriously, then I got offered
to do more difficult important tasks, I completed them thoroughly and seriously.
Finally I was trusted to find things to do on my own and that’s how I found where I was really
needed.

What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?

Loyal, hard-working, thorough ,slightly perfectionist, a good communicator, calm, solution
driven, curious, constant learner, multitasker.

Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

1. Trust yourself and be patient. Patience has been key to all things in my life. It sounds
daft and unattainable. It surely is a constant process but one worth taking on
throughout your life. Doubting yourself will always happen but don’t let it shake your
core. Be kind, caring, forgiving to yourself. It is the best recovery tool I know.
2. Don’t hide your failures and weaknesses: it will up all of your time, whereas admitting to
not understanding or having made a mistake will lead you to positive unexpected
places.
3. Be curious and don’t follow the trend, make up your own mind while being open to
different point of views.

Who inspires you?

Both of my children inspire me as they are incredibly resilient, hard-working, kind, progressive,
open and forgiving. Also my brother Roland is a huge source of inspiration for me , he was
diagnosed as bipolar 7 years ago and he turned his life around patiently but forcefully.