Meet Kylie + Patrick
Once Upon a Time…
Kylie abandoned a successful career in Australia to go in search of the dolce vita in Italy. In the years that followed she met so many incredible people and learnt so many delicious recipes that she wanted to share it with the world. She pitched an idea for an escapist travel and food show to production companies internationally until finally one day in 2010 a small production house said yes. After a year of scraping together funding and testing Italians for her co-star, they were all set to film. And that’s when Patrick entered the story…
A week before shooting the pilot, Kylie stumbled upon his cooking blog and was curious to know more. He was a dreamer, like her, and he’d left a high-powered job in law to focus on his love of cooking. She wrote Patrick an email, asking him to fly down to Rome that week for a meeting and convince the production company to change the format of the show and use a Brit instead of an Italian. Patrick thought she was crazy, but arrived in Rome in late 2011, hit it off with Kylie, and a week later National Geographic had signed on to fund the pilot.
In 2012 they shot a 13 episode series, which they are now selling to networks all over the world. They spend their time cooking, travelling everywhere from Hong Kong to Mauritius to Provence, and capturing it all for those who share their passion through their production company Stessa Onda Productions.
View the trailer for ‘When Patrick Met Kylie: A Love (of Food) Story’ which airs in over 68 countries.
Seasoned Italophile, journalist, cook, filmmaker and hopeless romantic, Kylie Flavell is the host, producer, creator, editor and cameraman of several shows all set in Italy including ‘Amore Al Dente: Classic Italian Food Stories’, ‘When Patrick Met Kylie: A Love of Food Story’, ‘When in Rome’ (series one and two), ‘When in Florence’ and ‘The Dolce Vita Diary’.
Kylie left home at 17 to study in Japan, moonlighting as a Japanese translator in Kobe. In between completing her degree, she ran away to Paris before living briefly in Barcelona and Florence. She became a business magazine editor and publisher in Australia at 24, interviewing superbrand CEOs and marketing directors around the world such as Disney, Vogue, and IKEA. She then added editorial fashion director to her skill set coordinating magazine fashion shoots with luxury labels including Lanvin, Prada, Dior, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. But her true passion was always for Italy – the language, the cuisine, the culture. So one day she abandoned the corporate world and moved to Italy convinced that life could look like a film if you have courage and imagination. She founded Romeing, Italy’s leading magazine and site for expats and tourists and writes for travel and food magazines around the world. Eager to share her local view of Italy with other Italophiles and dreamers lusting for a more romantic life, Kylie taught herself how to film and video edit and now creates food and travel TV programs that air in over 68 countries across Discovery, National Geographic, Sky, TLN, Fox Life and other networks. Kylie grew up in a family that always made everything from scratch and learned to cook Italian in kitchens all over Italy. In 2013 she was awarded a culinary diploma from Academica Barilla. She is now attempting the ultimate challenge: a 13-episode series shot on the Amalfi Coast, filmed, hosted, edited and produced entirely alone. She is also writing a cookbook and a guide on How to Quit Your Job and Live Happily Ever After.
From the world’s most powerful investment bank to the world’s most respected restaurant Patrick Drake’s journey has been anything but conventional.
Though food was a passion from day one, education took Patrick through Oxford Law School before he wound up on the hallowed steps of Goldman Sachs.
But London’s corporate conveyor belt never really gripped his imagination and so began a secret double life. Lunchtimes hiding out with the chefs in his firm’s fine dining restaurant, evenings in the kitchen of The Cuckoo Club in Mayfair and weekends with the team at institutional Borough Market restaurant Brindisa.
After a stint at the Fat Duck in Bray he couldn’t pretend to love his day job any longer and jettisoned the rat race to pursue his love of food full time.
Nowadays he is the head chef of the highly successful grocery delivery service Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.co.uk) and teaches thousands of people a day to cook using his Youtube channel “The 60 Second Chef”. He contributes regularly to Women’s Health and The Huffington Post. When he’s not in the kitchen Patrick is a food writer, presenter, marketeer and all round nomadic gannet.