Celebrating the women of Saddles

Mar 8, 2021

Today is International Women’s Day and to mark the occasion, we thought we’d celebrate all the hardworking women that are part of the Saddles family. Did you know that we have 20 female staff members out of a total of 37 that work across the kitchen, front of house and management? Many of the women have been working with us for many years, including our sous chef, Heidi and assistant restaurant manager, Elle. Today we raise a virtual glass of bubbles to them, thanking them both for everything they do for our team.

Introducing Heidi, our sous chef

Heidi Souter is Saddles’ sous chef and has been a part of the family for over five years. As a sous chef, her day to day role includes overseeing and managing the Saddles kitchen team, ordering ingredients and produce and assisting with creative direction and menu development.

Heidi comes with a unique perspective and a holistic approach to the industry, having studied hospitality management, owning her own business and previously working in various restaurant manager positions.

When she’s not in the Saddles kitchen, you’ll find her down at the beach with her dog, Charlie, camping or planning her next adventure. A keen traveller, Heidi’s visited South America, Europe, South East Asia. As someone who’s always up for a challenge, we love Heidi’s infectious energy, no-nonsense approach and motivating spirit. A true team player, she always leads by example and is a great mentor to our junior team members.

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Heidi Souter, our sous chef at Saddles.

Introducing Elle, our assistant restaurant manager

When you’re operating a restaurant seven days a week, you’ve got to be switched on and always ready to go. This is why you might describe our assistant restaurant manager, Elle as cool, calm and collected. And, always with a smile on her face. Elle has also been with the family for over five years. 

At Saddles Elle takes care of reservations and front of house operations – our organisation extraordinaire. Elle is extremely passionate about wine and has assisted in curating the current Saddles wine list. She’s currently undertaking her Level 3 Award from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. So next time you’re in, let her select something new for you to try. 

Another dog lover, Elle has two Mastiff x Great Danes called Lola and George. She loves to go for beach walks with her pups in her spare time. Just like Heidi, Elle is a keen traveller too. Her most recent adventure was to Nepal. Fun fact. Sometimes the Saddles family goes international. When in Nepal, Elle stayed with our pastry chef, Rahdika’s family who hosted her during her stay.

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Elle Collins, our assistant restaurant manager.

Here’s to all the hardworking women 

We can’t thank our team (the boys included) enough. Their hard work, constant perseverance, enthusiasm and positive attitude makes Saddles such a success every single day. As they say, “a company is nothing without its people” and we couldn’t agree more.

Happy International Women’s Day from the Saddles team.