Decisions: Juliette and Russel Joffe - Husband-and-wife founders of the restaurant chain Giraffe


Juliette: Working together was our best decision. We've been together since we were 13, got married at 19, and it's the icing on the cake. At 15, we put an ad in the local paper to do private dinner parties because we needed the money, and Russel would cook and I'd serve. Then Russel went to catering college, we got married, and, three kids later, we were 26 and we opened our first restaurant. We complement each other perfectly. I do the office and Russel does the creative.

Another good decision was to have our first staff party in February. We'd decided to have one because times were bad, and we thought it would be a good thing to get as many people together as we could. It was great for staff morale.

Four years ago, we started the Oscars of Giraffe, and we have them every year now. Everybody gets a vote for best manager, best assistant, best chef. We are recognising the people within our business who have done well. It's great for the staff - they feel that they are worth something.

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