He recently returned from a six-day trip to the States, taking in New York and Philadelphia, where he did television work for QVC and launched his latest cookbook, Neven's Country Living.
Back home, current projects include working on a new book — his 100 top recipes — and a new Home Chef series, his sixth with RTE.
Married to Amelda, he gets up a few times a night to tend to their 15-month-old twins, Conor and Lucia. The lively duo have recently started walking. “They are in great form, thank God,” says Neven, 38, who owns and runs MacNean House and Restaurant in Co Cavan.
I had a bad start to the year with an awful cold and chest infection. I had to go on two different doses of antibiotics. I’ve never had that before. I must have been a bit run down. I am an awful lot better now.
None apart from the everlasting cold.
Good seasonal local food and lots of vegetables and fish. The twins like fish already, they eat it a few times a week. We recently went to Portugal and I was so happy to see them enjoying salmon.
I have a sweet tooth. I will always eat dessert. Right now I would love vanilla ice cream, poached pear and hot fudge sauce with toasted flaked almonds. I’d nearly eat two of them, but the pear is one of my five a day!
The twins — I would get up maybe twice or three times a night for a few minutes, just to give them a bottle. I am a light sleeper. If anyone opens the door I would wake up but thankfully I do not seem to need a lot of sleep. I can survive on five hours. Usually it’s 2am by the time I go to bed and I could be up by 7am. I'm usually full of beans and good form when I wake up.
Watching Man United — I’ve supported the team from the age of 12. I am the only boy in the family who supports them, the rest are Liverpool supporters, even my twin brother. I always tell them they have no taste. I also enjoy walks with the family in the open air locally.
Del Boy, Barack Obama, Mary Kennedy, Marty Whelan, Mary McAleese, Roy Keane, Katie Taylor and Liam Neeson
Fresh vanilla pod — it’s the real deal. I have seen them growing in Bali and Mauritius — I absolutely adore vanilla in desserts.
I’d love to lose some weight and keep in shape and that’s what I’m going to do this summer. I am going to get much fitter and do a couple of 10k runs for charity. I love training. I have my own gym at home — the best investment ever.
I enjoy my food but I’ll end up like a little Telly Tubby if I’m not careful. Sadly, I won’t ever have a six-pack now.
When mum Vera passed away last October — and a few times since when I thought of her unexpectedly. She battled lung cancer very hard — she had it for a year and a half. She was a beautiful woman. She got to meet the twins and that was a great thing.
Greed, jealousy and dishonesty.
I can’t say no. I am very much a people person and I love being with people.
Yes. I enjoy Mass with the family. It was instilled in me by my mother.
The twins smiling first thing in the morning at about 7am. Just to see their wee faces makes you say, how lucky I am, how special life is.