We had the good fortune of connecting with Britta Healey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britta, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Working in the restaurant industry, it is so difficult having any sort of work life balance because you are either all in or all out. When I began my culinary journey years ago I devoted almost all of my time to working and I have the insane kitchen stories to prove it! I had no life balance. It wasn’t until my first pregnancy until I realized how much I wanted to enjoy the family and life I was creating. I had to quit my high demand Casino restaurant job and decided to create my own small pastry business so i could choose how busy I wanted to be and I could enjoy time with my family. I ran that business for 5 years watching my children grow and enjoying every moment. Now that my children are both in school, I decided it was time to open a new and more involved personal chef business.
I feel like work life balance is all about creating my own boundaries with commitments to myself, and remembering to respect those boundaries as time passes. I knew that I wanted to be a huge part of my families life, so I made hard decisions that helped me keep my commitments.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is I will always customize menus to fit the needs of my customers all while keeping those robust flavors I have worked years on perfecting.
I am proud and excited about the person I am today. Becoming a mother has honestly pushed me closer into being my whole self, and given me the confidence and maturity to push myself past my own limits to achieve what I have always wanted to.
I got here by working my ass off, taking risks, and believing in myself and my partner. I literally worked myself to the bone when I was in the restaurant industry, from sleeping in my car to working 20 hours days, I have always been pushed to my limit. I also made it a priority to open my ears to all the constructive criticism I was receiving while working with decorated chefs. I knew what I wanted, and the only way I could achieve it was to start making real decisions that could potentially help me succeed or cause real failure. I knew when I had my first child, I had to create my own business so I could be a mother and begin learning the elements I needed to create a successful business. The journey has not been easy, but I have learned so much along the way, and honestly, I consider myself in a continued state of learning as I push my flavors and my business to the heights I want.
I have learned patience, time management, work life balance, and how to really understand criticism and apply it for my customer base. I don’t think I would be able to run a business with out those important attributes.
I want everyone to know that we are Kick Ass and we are always going to strive for the extra special experience. Kick Ass Katering is a truly personal and customized experience for you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I was to play tourist in my hometown i would take my friends to these places:
1. Breakfast at the Hillside Spot
2. Take a nice long hike around Papago Park to enjoy the red rock and the beautiful views with a homemade picnic
3. I would love for my friends to all experience the First Fridays in downtown Phoenix celebrating all the mazing local artists
4. Being a mother, and if they had kids, I would bring my friends with me to the local kid attractions like Lego Land and, Sea Life Aquarium and Butterfly World.
5. I would LOVE to take a long bike ride around the city and to some fun bike rides.
6. I also love to take my friends to this downtown sushi restaurant Harumi Sushi and Sake, arguably the best sushi in town in my opinion. I would order Sushi and Sake Bombers!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a Shout Out to all the friends I made many years ago during my externship at the Radisson Fort McDowell. I owe them credit for all the confidence I have grown as a chef. I Went into the culinary world with a passion, but i still needed so much refinement in my self confidence and self worth! I appreciate everything I learned from the whole team, but I would like to specifically shout out to the 2 chefs that helped mentor me, Chef Josh and Chef Ken.
I have been so lucky to have a family that supported me through out my full journey. When I decided to go the creative route with my talents, no one in my family batted an eye, but instead pushed me harder to make sure I was able to succeed. My parents deserve the biggest shout out of all for surrounding me with love through out the years.
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my dad, Bob Jackson, who although is no longer with us, inspires me everyday.
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