How it all came to be..

Flambeeing gambas in ProvenceIn the early 70’s I studied French Literature in Paris which was the start of a love-affair with all things French.. yet I decided to move to East Africa to run Tented Safari Camps in the wilds of Tanzania. This instilled in me a love for looking after people and making sure they were enjoying themselves. I also worked for the African Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi for a few years, and I got married.

Back in Ireland, the early 80’s were spent mostly looking after my boys and designing gardens and it was then, that I embarked on a mission that was to change my life: I trained as a chef..

By 1986 I was working as chef (both for private clients and in restaurants). It founded my knowledge of cooking, which made me eventually turn to food-writing – for such publications as The Irish Times, Wine Ireland, Bon Appétit.  I was food-editor of Irish Tatler for ten years and editor of SQ Food for four.  All this taught me not only how to write recipes, be creative with food and how to photograph beautiful images, but more importantly, how best to share my knowledge.  Membership of the Irish and English FOOD WRITERS’ GUILDS acknowledged my efforts and commitment to honest and authentic food..

Meanwhile, while continuing to write and photograph food, I finished a BA in Fine Art which guided me in my more artistic and creative decisions..

Thus, in 2005 I moved to the South of France to restore a rambling old Maison de Maitre near NARBONNE which I ran as a B&B with a foodie and artistic edge. For 10 years I ran COOKING and ART COURSES from here, but as the B&B got busier I found there was less and less time for my most ardent passions – cooking and art – so I sold up and move east towards Provence.

I have since settled in the beautiful Roman/Medieval market town of Uzes where I run a cookery school..