Sara Poguet

At just 27, Sara Poguet manages her own successful restaurant business, challenging stereotypes in the male-dominated hospitality industry. In 2014 the native of Perth opened Chez Frederic in Canberra, becoming head chef of the friendly, high-quality restaurant. To drive success in the competitive Canberra market, Sara concentrates on managing all levels of the business to ensure she understands not only what her customers want, but what her staff need to succeed. A hallmark of Sara’s leadership style is resilience and taking challenges in her stride. She has employed staff from disadvantaged backgrounds, allowing people to develop their potential. She fosters a sense of belonging and family with her staff, which encourages them to contribute proactively. Sara makes Chez Frederic available to community groups such as Beyond Blue while giving food to Yellow Van Food Rescue.