Can’t believe it’s March already! Also can’t believe I’ve just completed my first year of featuring amazing significant others of celebrated chefs and restauranteurs! I’m still in shock over how AMAZING the lineup has been. (I’m still pinching myself!) Everyone has been SO wonderful! It is my hope that this upcoming years featured stories continues the trend! And we kick off a new year with another amazing woman.
I am so honored to feature Nadia Saad this month, as she allows us an opportunity to peer into her world!
Most likely you’ve seen this Iranian beautys husband, Jeffrey Saad, while browsing thru the cooking channels on the TV. Following the lineage of very passionate and very driven culinary men and women, her husband has worked very hard to follow his purpose to achieve the level of success he has within both the culinary and entertainment world. She too, got her early start in the industry, so she knows what it’s like first hand, and most likely comes in handy now when he’s needed on the set. Running a successful real estate agency in L.A., this power couple knows what it takes to do what they love. As another example of what it’s like being married in the restaurant industry with children, Nadia shares with us both how difficult it can be, but also, worth every minute.
Thank you Nadia for your time and your energy!
What were your first impressions when you first realized that by being with Jeffrey that you have become a part of the restaurant world?
A. It was a perfect match as I was also working in a restaurant while going casually to school and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. In fact we met on the street in front of where I worked and he was just about to open his first restaurant around the corner.
When did you know that you had what it took, within the parameters of his career, to find success in your relationship?
A. I knew it when for the first year of our relationship all the quality time we had to spend together was on Tuesdays. He worked 6 days a week, 15 hours a day. That was the time that I realized I adored this person and was willing to wait for him. 6 months into our relationship I decided to quit the restaurant I worked at to join him in his restaurant. We worked hard but we had a lot of fun together. It was a no brainer. I did have an ounce of doubt when on the first day I worked at his restaurant. I had the closing shift and after I went through all the closing duties he pulled me aside with the closing checklist and told me I had forgotten to clean the bathrooms. I was completely humiliated and offended and refused to do it so he ended up doing it, it became a lifetime story that makes us laugh when we talk about it.
What is the BEST part of being married to someone in the restaurant industry?
A. The food of course! He is an amazing chef and always ready to whip something fantastic in very little time. I also enjoyed the social aspect of the industry. You go to the best restaurants and get treated really well and eat amazing food.
How do you handle the holidays knowing he may be busy in the restaurant or on the road?
A. It’s hard especially when the kids were younger but you get use to it. He use to work a lot more during the first half of our marriage but in the past 10 years its been easy. He has been home and cooking up a storm. We love the holidays and make them special so we usually have big dinners with family and friends with everyone in the kitchen cooking and having a good time. I cannot imagine him not there. But we definitely paid our dues when we were younger. It’s just part of the territory and you make the best of it knowing that one day it will change.
How has achieving acclaim and success changed your relationship?
A. I am very blessed to have been a part of his journey as his wife and his partner and in so many ways it has brought us closer than ever. We treat this as our business and make all the decision together so I feel as though I have achieved success just as much as him. I used to tease him every time he would get stopped on the street by someone for a picture or autograph because it was so strange to see your husband go from a normal person to a public personality that people recognize but its fun and the most important is that he has stayed humble through it all.