Susan Hayden

Susan Hayden has her favourite meal named after her on the Societi Bistro Spring Menu – Susan Hayden’s Risotto, with pea, goats cheese, mint and Grana Padano.

Susan recently answered a few questions for us:


What is your profession?
Writer, editor, columnist and blogger.

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What was your dream job when you were growing up?
As a teenager I had to write an essay about my dreams for the future, and my biggest one was to have a by-line in Cosmopolitan magazine. A few years later, due to a lucky turn of events, my first-ever job was features writer for Cosmo – an unheard-of thing for someone with zero work experience. Talk about the power of writing down your intentions!

What does a typical day in your working life look like?
Up at 6am, get my daughters fed and off to school, tidy the house, try to be at my desk by 9am. Answer emails, check deadlines, go on Facebook. Write a blog. Make coffee. Do some editing. Work on my book. Make veggie juice. Gag. Go to yoga. Force self to supermarket. Get sushi as a reward. Fetch kids. Realise I can’t do Grade 4 maths. Look in the fridge for the 10th time. Find nothing. Do a few more hours’ work. Make supper. Watch reality TV. Go to bed embarrassingly early.

One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?
Writing the text for my first ‘coffee table’ book, A Passion for Wine and Surf, coincided with my move back to South Africa, and the timing was perfect as that project reminded me how completely amazing this country is. Also, my blog attracts like-minded people, and I’m constantly inspired by the stories they write and tell me about their lives.

What is your favourite leisure activity?
I love walking in the mountain, it clears my head, and I couldn’t survive without regular swims in the sea. I enjoy cooking and hosting and our house is often full of people and children. I treasure weekends away. We live in the city, so spending time away in nature now and again gives everyone a chance to exhale.

How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and the dish in particular?
So much fun. My best is taking people to Societi Bistro for lunch and not saying anything till they spot my name. Then they really think I’ve made it in the world and I’m happy with that deception. It also happens to be my favourite Spring dish on the menu. The peas, the mint and the cheese are a threesome from heaven.

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