The pared-back CV belies a packed schedule with a high-profile career as a chef on the horizon.
She is about to wow us with her culinary skills on RTÉ’s new Celebrity MasterChef series and has a “cooking slot” on a British TV show over the summer. Then there is her work with Bord Bia as a food ambassador.
“It’s all about food at the moment. I have been consumed with cooking,” says Yvonne, 39.
Impressive for a woman who once pushed her dinner around her plate.
“I used to have a really strange relationship with food,” she says. “I went to boarding school — the food was terrible and I didn’t have a big appetite anyway. I just ate loads of chocolate all the time. ”
Separated from singer Ronan Keating, they have three children, Jack, 14, Missy, 12 and Ali, seven. This year, summer holidays are spent in Portugal where the sun pours down like honey.
“We will have one or two trips back. Missy has a movie in the Galway Film Festival called The Sea on July 14. Other than that we will be away for most of the summer. ”
* Celebrity MasterChef airs on RTÉ One on Sunday July 14 at 9:30pm and runs for six weeks.
I don’t tend to put on much weight. I try to be fit cardio wise. At the moment I don’t have a lot of time to go to the gym. I go through phases where I go every day for a couple of months then I give up and take a break.
I only started eating vegetables in the last year or two. When I went to college and started to cook for myself, it was the same thing everyday — spaghetti Bolognese. Maybe it had something to do with textures from when I was a kid. I just never got over it.”
My biggest fault is that I drink too much tea and once I have a cup of tea that suggests a bar of chocolate — Twix, Mars, the cheap stuff — and that goes on a lot during the day. In the future there is not going to be as much chocolate.
Not much. I don’t tend to worry. If I am very, very busy I get a little bit stressed but I try to use that productively, it helps me to focus and get everything done.
I love to read .
I don’t watch a lot of TV. One of my great loves is going out with friends and having a glass of wine — I’m a Sauvignon Blanc girl at the moment — and good food.
Bill Clinton — I met him once, he had great charisma — George Michael, Gary Lightbody, Miriam O’Callaghan — the perfect woman — Tom Cruise and Cecilia Ahern, one of my besties — she can make you laugh when you want to cry.
At the moment I am wearing Chanel No 5. Otherwise, my favourite smell would have to be roast chicken. It’s nostalgic. When I came home from school on Sundays my mother always had it in the oven.
If I had a chance I’d go back 20 years, there is no point going back a few years. But it doesn’t really bother me. I am who I am. I am about to turn 40 and am actually looking forward to it.
The terrible stories you read in newspapers — the day-to-day traumatic things that happen to people make me cry.
If people are rude to me or to anyone else.
My punctuality. I can be busy and I am always trying to do one last task before I go somewhere.
No I don’t. I do have faith and a sort of communication with God but I don’t go to church.
Having a little more time. I find the days go too quickly.