About Móna and Ron
IRISH by birth and AMERICAN by choice, Galway girl Móna Wise (nee Dempsey) spent 15 years gaining fruitful life and work experience in the United States and also managed to find herself a husband.
Having met and married Ron Wise (aka the chef), in Cincinnati, Ohio and building a lovely home and restaurant together, they decided that it was time to return ‘home’ to Galway once the children were of school-going age.
Settling back into the Irish lifestyle took a little adjusting for the family, but since returning home to Galway in 2007 Móna has not stopped stating the fact that there is no place like home.
Finding herself with a small amount of free time, Móna enrolled in a four year (BA-Connect Degree) course at NUIG studying German, English Literature with a specialism in Creative Writing. Half way through that course she began working as a weekly columnist (for 20 months) for The Sunday Times. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in the MA Journalism programme at NUI Galway and will graduated with 1st class honours in November 2014.
Wise lives less than a half mile from where she grew up in Claregalway (to be near her Mum) with her Husband Ron, their children Jack and Rorí, dog Pearl and their cat Pretty Kitty.
Móna can be found hanging out in the following circles:
Ron L. Wise
With a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Ron (aka ‘the Chef’) has always allowed gardening and food to anchor him.
A long career as an executive Chef in Cincinnati, Ohio, it was not until he opened his own place (Rondo’s Restaurant) that Ron began to feel like he was finally making an impact on his customers dining choices.
A founding member of a chef’s and growers collaborative (back in the eighties) Wise has always worked with food that is in season and maintains strong relationships with many of his US farming friends to this day.
After making the big move to Ireland in 2008, it took the Chef a few months to find the right place for him to get back into the swing of things.
These days Ron can be found baking his daily bread (Sourdough, Focaccia, Brown Soda Bread, Cranberry Scones) at Morton’s of Galway in the mornings and he spends his afternoons taking care of his very large flock of chickens and ducks.
At any given time you will find him building a swing set, or fixing a flat tyre on one of the kids bikes. A baker, a chef, a gardener, for sure, but it is his title ‘Daddy’ that he covets the most.
Ron does not believe in electronic communication so if you want to get in touch with him, best to call by the house in the afternoons when he is at home with the kids.
I am a native Galway girl that seems to be drawn to professions that rhyme with 'err'. Writer, Mother, Restauranteur, Wedding Planner, Dishwasher, Grass cutter, Cocktail maker. I suppose you could say I am a well rounded entrepreneur.
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About the Chef
You can't find the Chef here.
You might as well just come visit.
He prefers face to face communication.
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SHE WRITES, HE COOKS, THE KIDS MAKE A HUGE MESS