Karen McClean, founder of Se­cret Squir­rel Food, wear­ing Zayan the La­bel and bag by Amanda Navai

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Karen (also known as Se­cret Squir­rel) is a for­mer char­tered ac­coun­tant who gave up her day job 18 months ago to pur­sue her love for food with her healthy-eat­ing blog Se­cret Squir­rel Food. The blog has grown and now has over 220,000 fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia sites. Karen sources all of her in­gre­di­ents at Al Awir Fruit and Veg­etable Mar­ket, as she feels it has the fresh­est and most af­ford­able in­gre­di­ents in the city. How do you think be­ing in the UAE has helped you? I don’t think I would ever be as suc­cess­ful if I were to do this back home in Aus­tralia. The mar­ket is still young here, so if you are one of the first peo­ple to be do­ing what you’re do­ing, and do­ing some­thing that you love, then I think the UAE is the best plat­form to start your ca­reer. What do you love most about the UAE? That I get to meet so many amaz­ing peo­ple ev­ery day from all over the world. It’s the land of op­por­tu­nity. What does the fu­ture hold for you? Even­tu­ally I want to have my own cook­book. Cur­rently I’m in the process of launch­ing my YouTube chan­nel and even­tu­ally I want to sell the food I make.

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