Saturday, July 31

Pivot

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A banker quit to become a chef and saw his bank balance drop to $230. Despite burnout and a pandemic, he would never go back.

Philip Juma left a career in wealth management to follow his passion to showcase Iraqi food. He had no formal training but spent 7 years running pop-up kitchens and working in restaurants. Juma told us about his tough journey and why, despite the pandemic, a 9-5 holds no appeal. See more stories on Insider's business page. Food has always been part of Philip Juma's life.Growing up in London to an Iraqi father and an Irish-English mother, he remembers bringing Iraqi-inspired dishes into school for his friends to try. Food was Juma's calling, yet he entered the cold, logical world of finance.He achieved a 2:1 in economics for busines...