Meet Margot Amzallag


MEET MARGOT

MARGOT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PARIS. FOLLOWING EARNING HER BUSINESS LAW DEGREE, MARGOT TOOK THE INITIATIVE AND MOVED TO LOS ANGELES, IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, MARGOT CONTINUED HER EDUCATION THROUGH UCLAX, AND EARNED HER MASTERS IN COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT FROM USC ANNENBERG.

FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF HER EDUCATION, MARGOT PURSUED HER PASSION IN CUISINE! BRINGING HAWAIIAN FLAVOR TO PARIS, MARGOT OPENED UP ONO POKE WHILST STILL WORKING IN LOS ANGELES AS A DEVELOPMENT CHEF, RESTAURANT AND EVENT CONSULTANT.

MARGOT SHARES WITH US WHAT SHE’S LEARNED ALONG HER JOURNEY BELOW.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PARIS, FRANCE TO A MOROCCAN DAD AND A MOM BORN IN MADAGASCAR.

 

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE?

I DON'T THINK I HAVE ONLY ONE PASSION. BUT THE MAIN ONE MIGHT BE THAT I LOVE TO DISCOVER NEW KINDS OF FOOD.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE KEY ELEMENT, ACTION, ETC., THAT HELPED TO GET YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING IN LIFE, WORK FOR IT AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN'T DO THIS OR THAT. BECAUSE YOU CAN.

 

WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION?

I USED TO BELIEVE THAT SUCCESS WAS ALL ABOUT WORK: LAUNCH A COMPANY, GROW IT, LOOK FOR VALIDATION FROM OTHERS. BUT I RECENTLY REALIZED THAT SUCCESS IN LIFE IS ACTUALLY HAPPINESS (AND I CAN’T STRESS THAT ENOUGH).

 

WHAT EVENT OR MOMENT OCCURRED THAT LED YOU TOWARDS YOUR PASSION?

WHEN I WAS A SENIOR IN COLLEGE, I FAILED A COUPLE CLASSES AND COULD NOT GRADUATE. I HAD TO WAIT A FEW MONTHS AND RETAKE THE 2 CLASSES. AFTER I GRADUATED I DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING NEW AND DECIDED TO MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES.

 

WHAT WOMEN (OR MEN) INSPIRE YOU? WHY?

MASSIMO BOTTURA - HE IS ONE OF THE BEST CHEFS IN THE WORLD WHO CO-FOUNDED "FOOD FOR SOUL": A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT FIGHTS AGAINST FOOD WASTE THROUGH SOCIAL INCLUSION. HE INSPIRES ME BECAUSE OF HIS CULINARY TALENT (OBVIOUSLY) BUT EVEN MORE SO BECAUSE OF HIS DEDICATION TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER, THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

THERE IS NO NEED TO CHANGE ANYTHING EXCEPT THE THOUGHTS THAT YOU AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

LET’S GET SOCIAL!

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