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Culinary Editor | Recipe Developer | Food Stylist | Cookbook Author

Monya is a trained chef who focuses on recipe development, recipe testing and food styling. Before starting Soigné Consulting (the name she trades under), she worked as Culinary Editor at Le Cordon Bleu.

Prior to that, she worked for 3.5 years at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen – where her role lay first in development and styling, and then evolved into a recipe editing and project management role. Monya continues to work as a consultant to Heston’s fabulous team at The Fat Duck Group on many exciting projects. Monya’s strong interest in ingredients and dietary requirements coupled with her arsenal of skills gained over the years has allowed her to offer more to her clients in terms of content.

As a hobby, Monya creates original low carb & keto recipes for her blog: Fats of Life® (voted one of the top 8 culinary blogs in 2019, UK BLOG AWARDS, 2019). She is also the author of two cookbooks Keto Kitchen (2020) and Lazy Keto Kitchen (2021) – both published by KYLE BOOKS in London.

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Soigné Consulting



Soigné Consulting is the name I trade under. I spend half my time in Bray, having rejoined the Fat Duck Group as consultant Content Editor and recipe writer, and the remainder of my time nurturing my creative side by developing original recipes + visuals for clients all over the world.

Fats of Life


Fats of Life

Probably the 7,346,719th food blog on the internet, "Fats of Life" is my personal recipe blog. It showcases original recipes developed for the Keto / Low-carb lifestyle community - which is the way of eating I am a passionate ambassador of...



Aaaah, painting... that which captures the other half of my heart. I rarely get a chance to paint much these days, but do visit my website and drop me a line of encouragement to unpack my oils, canvasses and turpentine more often.

Fats of Life

Bacon-wrapped Monkfish with Sour Herby Yogurt. August 02, 2021

Monkfish is a delicately flavoured fish (albeit quite MEATY in that it is dense and filling). It requires a little more cooking time than regular fish… Continue reading

Easy Ratatouille. July 26, 2021

I simply had to include the lovely, high-fibre veggie-packed side dish of ratatouille on this blog. My version is literally an “all-in-a-very-la… Continue reading

Paprika Prawns with Lime Mayo. July 22, 2021

This is a quick, easy and very tasty way to enjoy prawns (especially if a packet or two are reduced in the stores!). Here, I added only ground paprika… Continue reading