Woman in Progress: Bonnie Chung from Miso Tasty
Our next Woman in Progress is the fabulous Bonnie Chung, founder of Miso Tasty, a fast-growing food business whose mission is to make tasty and nutritious Japanese food easy for anybody to make themselves. Bonnie came up with the idea for Miso Tasty when she was 24, whilst working as a chef, and today their soups, miso pastes and noodle kits are stocked in Waitrose, Sainsburys, Ocado, Wholefoods and so many other places. Miso Tasty is one of those food start-ups that others look to in admiration (and a bit of envy!). Bonnie's also recently published her first cookbook. Not that we're jealous or anything.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
Friendships. I was going to say my laptop, as I work on-the-go a lot, but actually it is my friendships around me that make my life easier and happy. There is nothing that a laugh with a friend can’t resolve when things feel rather difficult. I see friendships all around me; in my team at Miso Tasty, in our suppliers, customers and of course my friends outside of work help me put everything into perspective!
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
There is no physical thing I couldn’t live without, so I would say peace of mind and a clear conscience! Over the years, I have become a lot less attached to ‘things’ and value the important stuff a lot more.
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
Violence against women.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
Pace yourself and don’t be so hard on yourself - know that you are not alone in any of this.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Whichever path you take it is the right one.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
No matter how hard or tough a day is there is always room to have a laugh and put everything back into perspective. It has taught me to enjoy and appreciate the small things. You don’t need to win a massive deal to have a great day; little moments in the day-to-day can be treasured too and can make a day just as special.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
Embracing change is an important part of enjoying life.
What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?
We really should be less hard on ourselves. From meeting a lot of other female business owners I’ve noticed that we are so quick to criticise ourselves and it can often hold us back. We easily slip into over committing to please others and beat ourselves up when we don’t meet our high expectations of ourselves. Our capacity to work all hours is absolutely incredible, but we also need to protect ourselves, look after ourselves and enjoy the journey.
Are you done yet? What’s next?
I am only just getting started ☺ Miso Tasty is going from strength to strength, but one day I would like to explore some of my other interests too, especially in female empowerment and leadership.
Thanks so much to Bonnie for taking the time to answer our questions. If you know (or are) a Woman in Progress we should be speaking to please do get in touch.