In 2014, Imen and Cliodhna brought together their shared love of food, film, and storytelling to begin producing Lens & Larder retreats in Ireland.

Imen McDonnell

Imen McDonnell is a cook and author who contributes to Condé Nast Traveler (USA), Town and Country Magazine (UK) and is the writer and photographer behind the popular food blog, Before moving to her husband’s family farm in rural Ireland, she worked as a broadcast producer for global food and beauty brands, and as part of the production team for an Emmy award-winning television series while living in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. 

Imen’s modern Irish recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times (UK) The Los Angeles Times, Saveur Magazine and more. Her first book, The Farmette Cookbook, Recipes and Adventures from my Life on an Irish Farm was published to international distribution by Roost Books & Penguin Random House, March 2016. 

Cliodhna Prendergast

Cliodhna Prendergast is a professional chef, writer, and producer living and working on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and three children. She started her career in the kitchens of her family's country house hotel in Connemara. She continued working in many great Irish kitchens and went on to study at Ballymaloe Cookery school before taking over as head chef in Delphi Lodge for 11 years, when there was named best chef in Connaught by Food and Wine Magazine.

Cliodhna is an avid gatherer of wild food, a writer/food photographer for the Sunday Times (Ireland) and other publications, and is the producer and host of Breaking Eggs thirty beautifully filmed programmes to encourage parents to cook with their children.