About us

Who’s the cook and who’s the boss ?

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Keeping it real, at the Moco museum, in Amsterdam

The fromcooktochef concept, and daily work keeps us focused on how we want to live, and helps others at the same time. 

We’re a team now for over 30 years, and we are so different in our approaches to food, cooking and work, so we just naturally settle into our roles on each adventure.

Doing everything nomadically and online now brings its own challenges, and as well as finding our natural roles, we try to make sure we get out of our comfort zone too. Who’s the cook and who’s the boss ? I´ve included our daughter in the picture below, because maybe she´s the boss ! We´ve changed our life a few times in anticipation of her needs too.

Aoibheann…

Bless my parents for that ancient Irish unpronounceable name ( Eeevaanne ). But it suits me, I´m not normal ! I´ll admit it. I´m the over-caring dreamer and doer, and have always been so tenacious. I can’t stop researching the truths about kitchen tools out there… like a dog with a bone, to get the best information to you.  So I´ve become a bit of a hand blender queen. Google likes that I uncover so much for you, so it takes me to dizzy heights your online searches.   I have so much juicy stuff to share but am always trying to find the balance to live more too. Having grown up as the ´middle child´, I´m trying to find my voice and allow it to be heard – quite a journey too. I know that I think in a kookie complicated way and write too much. I´m working on it ! 

Paul…

As well as his natural bent for design, and stylish cooking, he has an amazing talent for keeping the team grounded. ” Funny Uncle Paul ” he’s known as in the family! He helps us keep things simple and light, knows how to have fun. His superb quality control and kaizan approach is still king as he surfs the keyboard.   He really is the coffee-maker king, and molecularly ( is that a word ?) talented ! His professional background is computerised finance so for now, online digital marketing analysis is the new toy he won’t let go of !

Our daily activity apart from keyboard work is exercising, meditating, music, finding ways to have fun, enjoying the elements, and playing…with our food mostly ! Discovering and organising ingredients, making cooking easy, and enjoying the pleasure of eating and drinking. We’re noticing though how easy it is to get out of balance so it’s not perfect !

We have to re-adjust a lot though when we travel… or when health suffers. We definitely are getting more sensitive as we tune in to our own needs !  One thing that never changes is that we are always learning, and cooking more, and trying to live better each and every day.

paul, aoibheann and alana family beach shot

We laugh more ( and louder! ).

We live well…and have time to

feel lighter about everything again.