Meet Shannon Martinez, foodie trailblazer, owner and head chef of vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters, and the face of our new Hemp campaign. Her entrepreneurial and hustle mentality (she will stop at nothing to try everything!) has seen her well underway in her mission to change the way the world perceives plant-based dining and change the way people eat, She has taken the reins in what has traditionally been a male dominated arena, running a hardworking kitchen where everyone has an even playing field and can thrive. As someone who uses their hands for work every day, Shannon knows the importance of taking care of them - in her words “My hands are my life, without them I have nothing”. So, what’s behind her unstoppable success?

How have you hustled for change in your industry?

"I made it my mission to bring vegan food to the masses. To change peoples preconceived notions that vegan food is a joke and not to be taken seriously, and to bring a beautiful vegan dining experience to the world. My kitchens are a supportive and safe place for people to grow, thrive and be inspired.".

Who has inspired you the most to chase your dreams?

"My mother. While my father’s side of the family is where I got my cooking bug, undoubtedly my mother’s work ethic is what has gotten me to where I am. There are plenty of great cooks and chefs out there, but without a solid work ethic and total dedication to your craft, you’ll only get so far. Growing up, I always admired the way my mum always pushed through even the toughest of situations in order to provide us with the best life she possibly could. It’s that work ethic and constant support of me in the kitchen that has gotten me to where I am today."

How do you champion female empowerment, personally or in your work?

"All of my staff are equal, male and female. In my businesses, I make sure women have an even playing field and the opportunity to thrive and lead. Personally, I’ve made a point of always being heard and seen and to never let the words or opinions of others hold me back".

What are your tips and tricks to keep your hard-working hands in top condition?

"Working in kitchens everyday definitely takes its toll on your body, especially your hands. I’ve learnt to wear my burns and scars with pride. That’s not to say that I don’t take care of them. Being on camera quite often, it’s important to me that my hands look as nice as possible, so I have regular manicures and use hand scrubs and moisturizer often. They may not be the prettiest hands in the world, but they are responsible for everything I have. And I wouldn’t change them for anything. "


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