Photo by Gillian Carney

Lilly is an award winning food writer, photographer and TV chef. After graduating with an honors degree in Design, Lilly worked in the Art and graphics world but was repeatedly drawn to the kitchen. She finally succumbed to her love of food when she enrolled in Ballymaloe Cookery School in 2007. She then went on to teach at the school.

Lilly started her food blog ‘Stuff I Make, Bake and Love’ in 2010. After a few months blogging she was approached by Gill to publish her first book, Make Bake Love. Her second book ‘Dream Deli’ was published in October 2013. Her latest book is The Homemade Year, a handbook of seasonal crafts and recipes. Published by Gill in 2022. 

Lilly won Best Cookery Writer at The Irish Food Writing Awards 2021.  She has been a weekly columnist & photographer for The Irish Times since 2014 with her column in The Irish Times Magazine every Saturday. She had a weekly column with The Sunday Business Post for three years and a monthly column with Easy food magazine since 2010.  She writes and photographs food regularly for  various national papers, magazines and food producers as well as creating content online, particularly Instagram, for brands she loves with The Collaborations Agency

Lilly regularly cooks on RTE’s Today Show and Virgin Media’s Six O’clock show as well as being a Judge on The Great Irish Bake off and Irelands Best Young Baker. 

With a practical and approachable style of cooking Lilly also has a love of baking beautiful things. Fresh, local produce always feature in her recipes with delicious dishes for feeding a family or for special occasions. Her beautiful photographs and friendly warm style of writing will encourage you to feel confident in the kitchen.

Lilly lives in Cork with her husband Colm and their three incredible children.