Inspirational Women Series: Julianne Lever
The epitome of a woman who raises other women up, Julianne has been in the hospitality industry for over two decades.
Taking the leap from running her own award-winning à la carte restaurant Cloudstreet, in Sydney’s Kirribilli, she started Julianne’s Kitchen because she saw a need for quality handmade artisan products with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Cooking has been a part of Julianne’s life since she was a wee lass though. Her dad gave her a cookbook for her 8th birthday with the inscription, “I hope you become a fantastic chef,” and fired up the passion to pursue a career in the food industry.
Training at the Intercontinental and Regent Hotels under Other Winkler and Serge Dansereau (two leading chefs at the time), she has also taught commercial cookery at Le Cordon Bleu and was the lead chef for Unilever.
Now, her focus is superior quality pâté, terrines and fruit paste that have won awards left, right and centre since the brand’s inception.
Her pâté has even gotten the seal of approval from renowned chefs Marco Pierre White and Guillaume Brahimi!
On a side note, if you are that person who believes they don't like pâté (like I used to be), you haven't tried anything like this. Luckily, if you haven't had the opportunity to sample Julianne's divine products at one of our Biz Gals events, you can pick some up from most Woolworths stores across Sydney or click here for their complete range of stockists!
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Julianne: That’s tough, I look back at a younger me and remember fantastic achievements for my abilities and experience at the time. I can still remember the feeling of these small wins in the kitchen, becoming chef/owner of my restaurant Cloudstreet, when I was only 21. But it’s always my most recent achievements that are the greatest, so far its starting and running my business Julianne’s Kitchen successfully for 9 years with my partner Zlat.
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Julianne: Listen and question! Listen to everybody, it’s amazing where inspiration, solutions or ideas come from. Also to just start doing what you want to do. It seems simple but we put up barriers that stop us starting. You just need to start something and work it out as you go.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Julianne: To aim high and to persevere, hard work does pay off. My parents are very positive and driven people that knew I could achieve what I put my mind to. My career of choice was very different to their working life but they supported my decisions and passions and pushed me to do my best and thrive in an unknown world of kitchens and cooking.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Julianne: Other small business operators inspire me. I love hearing about success, people achieving over adversity and people that just get on with it….it says to me if someone else can do it so can I!
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Julianne: Contentment. As a woman, I have been mostly content in work life, in my profession I’ve rarely felt unequal. It’s a mindset to adopt. Expect more, expect equality at home and work.
Biz Gals: What advice would you offer your younger self?
Julianne: To have more confidence in myself.
Words: Natalie Kessell