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Meet Trailblazer Mariana Boe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariana Boe.

Mariana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for cooking and trying new recipes. I also love entertaining, so, one day, 18 years ago, I decided to make my dream a reality.

Always managing other peoples business, I decided it was time to run my own, to put my love for food and entertaining in motion, and this is how Mariana’s Catering came to life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was not always smooth going, yes, I love cooking and entertaining, but I had never prepared food for 200 people. So, my biggest challenge was how to do this and keep the integrity of my recipes. Other obstacles were handling clients with kid gloves and delicately trying to convince them not to cut corners.

I would tell others who are starting out, keep true to yourself and remember, it’s your name and that is important, don’t settle!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mariana’s Catering and Event Planning – what should we know?
Catering for all special events. I give clients good service, great food on any budget. I can put a menu together to accommodate any client. I also cook for busy professionals, giving them a good home cooked health conscious meal.

I prepare food as if I were preparing it for my family, I don’t cut corners to ease my load.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Networking is great, you have to believe in what you do and also love doing it!

Learning from others in your industry is key, you can never think you know everything there is to know. I enjoy talking to other chefs.

The best advertising for me has been through happy clients!

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Terje Boe

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