Patrick was born in Fife and brought up 3 miles from Pratis; he is a chef. He has been running his own catering operation since 2000.
Nicola has worked in events, marketing and sales from London to Arbroath, as part of her family business, Mackays Ltd.
I am a city girl adopted into country life. With the majority of my life spent in Edinburgh and London, the great outdoors now provide the perfect setting to raise our young family. Food, drink and entertaining has been at the heart of family life growing up and it continued on into my career when I worked in the events industry. My family’s business is food manufacturing and growing up I always had the desire to have my own business one day.
I have a huge love of planning and arranging gatherings of friends and family. Whenever there is a small window of ‘me time’, I like to potter in the garden, walk our dog Breac on the beach, or sit with friends and put the world to rights.
Having grown up on our family farm and spent 10 years in Edinburgh, I knew the countryside was where I wanted to settle. I entered the food industry on a bit of a whim aged 19, but quickly found an industry I loved. Ten years working as a private chef primarily in Scotland but also abroad, I experienced some of the finest produce available, fresh from the land and waters that surrounded the places I worked. I gain as much pleasure from seeing other people enjoy a party as I do from being at a party myself. When time allows I enjoy spending time salmon fishing, playing golf and watching endless hours of cricket.