Where did you get your passion for food and cooking?
You live in California now, has your new home influenced the way you eat and cook?
What is your favourite meal of the day?
What are the top 3 ingredients you couldn’t live without?
What is your favourite veggie recipe?
You have travelled so much over the years, where has been your favourite foodie destination?
What is the one meal from Ireland that you miss the most?
Do you have a morning routine?
My morning routine plays a big part in my world. A few years ago, I didn’t have a routine and I hadn’t been making sure that I was getting the most out of every day, and I kind of hit a wall. Establishing a morning routine was key to helping me find my way back and I find now that it really helps me to focus my brain. The core things I like to do are regular meditation (using an app on my phone) and hot yoga. Hot yoga is my jam! I do that on a regular basis and, if I don’t make it to a class, I will try to do fifteen minutes of yoga at home instead. Then, I always bring my dog, Max, for a walk, and I will always try and get a green smoothie for breakfast. A green smoothie is my go-to breakfast every morning, and it’s very much part of my little routine – without it, my day just doesn’t feel right! I try to do one, or all of those things, every morning.
Is keeping fit important to you? What exercise do you enjoy doing?
You and Sofie are about to become parents! Congratulations! What are you looking forward to the most about being a dad? Do you plan on making food a big part of your little one’s life?
You have a huge YouTube and social media following. What is life really like as a TV chef and YouTuber?
There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of what we do. Obviously, when you are on camera and people see you on TV, they see the end product, but no one sees all the packing up of vans and the cooking for three days before hand; all of that is a big part of what we do. Certainly, now that we are out here, we don’t have as strong a team as we did back home, so we have had to try to reestablish all that. I have just come off filming a twelve-part TV series, where I was travelling across Asia. It looks glamorous and amazing, but I worked from six in the morning, until ten at night, and I literally had one day off, over the course of two months. That’s when it comes back to having those morning routines and those things that are important to you, because when you are so busy, and you don’t have those things, it can be easy to loose yourself a little bit. Even though it might seem a bit strange to tell people you won’t be around until 8am because you have to do yoga first, keep to those things, because if you let go of them, you do find yourself falling sick or getting too tired. Finding things that give you energy and are positive, are key. I won’t say that it’s hard, as there are great benefits to the job I do, but I do think it’s important to address those things that make you tired.
Your dog, Max, also has quite a following! Is he enjoying the LA lifestyle?
He is loving the LA life! He’s had a brilliant time; he’s come paddle boarding with me in Malibu and he’s been to Vegas, it’s amazing! In America, it’s much easier to bring your dogs places, as no one really looks twice at you if you have your dog with you in a restaurant. It’s great in that sense, as he can be with us most of the time, but he was kind of like that in Ireland anyway. He is getting very excited, because there have been buggies and car seats arriving, and now he has to sit in the back of the car, next to the baby’s car seat. He doesn’t know what is about to hit him, but he is aware that something is happening because of all these new objects arriving in the house!
Now for our quick fire round of questions! Where we grill our guests on a variety of topics to get to know them a little more!..
Our Happy Pear Happy Hummus or Sweet Beet Hummus?
What is your coffee order?
If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be?
Our Happy Pear Country Veg soup or Tomato Red Pepper and Basil Soup?
Do you have a nickname?
How do you like to eat our Nuts about Choc spread?
What is your greatest fear?
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Are you a morning or night person?
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
I visited a tribe in Northern Vietnam and they cooked me this massive platter of suckling pig. I also ate a field rat in Vietnam. It was marinaded in chilli, garlic and lots of lemongrass, and it was quite tasty, believe it or not!