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Heaven Leigh of Bodhi - Growing Up Wasian, Mother-Daughter Struggles & Saving The Family Business (Part 1)

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We’re joined by Heaven Leigh, a third-generation restauranteur and owner of Bodhi Restaurant Bar, a well-renowned, plant-based Pan-Asian yum cha spot in Sydney. 

In Part 1 of this episode, Heaven sits down with us to share her compelling story around the multi-million dollar sacrifices she’s made to support her family, lessons she’s learned from her entrepreneurial mother, Lee-Leng Whong, and adversities she’s faced – especially as a female in the hospitality industry.


00:00 - Intro 

01:33 - Heaven’s Upbringing

07:06 - Heaven’s Entrepreneurial Mother & Her Westernised Father

10:36 - Navigating Through the Culinary Industry 

13:45 - The Transition of Taking Over Bodhi 

22:02 - Saving the Business & Repairing The Relationship with Mum 

30:25 - The Pressure of Supporting the Family 

34:49 - Exploring Creative Avenues with Bodhi

36:27 - Building Bodhi to Be a Success & Juggling Motherhood

39:57 - Outro

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