From a very young age, one of Neven Maguire’s favourite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook. He began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10 and his pastime soon became his passion. Neven went on to train in some of the highest-profile restaurants in the world and, in 2001, he took over MacNean Restaurant, turning a local establishment into a national phenomenon. His highly popular Nation’s Favourite Food Fast! won an Irish Book Award and his widely acclaimed MacNean Restaurant Cookbook, Nation’s Favourite Food and Nation’s Favourite Healthy Food were all nominated. His first book for babies and toddlers, Neven Maguire’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook, won the Maternity and Infant Best Family Cookbook award, which was voted, tested and approved by parents. He lives in Blacklion, Co. Cavan, with his wife, Amelda, and young twins, Connor and Lucia.