The Alternative Careers Society is excited to introduce our new series, Alternative Insights! Every fortnight, we will be posting about an individual or group of individuals who have embarked on their own personal journey. Whether it may be pursuing their passions or changing careers in between, we hope that this segment will spark your curiosity, encourage you to take risks, and find our something new!
Our first guest is Adria Wu, the Founder of the healthy eatery and juice bar – Maple & Fitz!
Adria is the founder of Maple & Fitz, a cafe offering a menu of cold pressed juices and smoothies, plus grain bowls and salads. Opening in the heart of Fitzrovia in March 2015, the cafe has since been featured in publications such as TimeOut, View London, Conde Nast Traveler, SheerLuxe, Glam UK, Vantage, Hot Dinners, Big Hospitality and The Caterer.
What makes Adria’s journey unique is that she started off pursuing different careers. At university, she studied Engineering before entering the corporate world working in management consultancy and finance in Canada. With a desire to change and pursue her passion in 2013, she decided to switch her office chairs with egg whites. Arriving in London, Adria came to study the Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu and Nutrition at the UK College of Nutrition and Health.
The name Maple & Fitz was inspired from her Canadian roots and the location of her first cafe, Fitzrovia. Offering seasonal menus with plenty of options to cater for individual preferences, Adria is conscious of everyone’s needs and cravings whilst being health conscious too! Earlier this year, under the brand Maple & Co, Adria has opened her second home at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and is expected to open her third cafe, Maple & King’s, at St Pancras Square King’s Cross.