Hi, I’m Kady – welcome to my kitchen! I’m a food photographer, stylist and designer living in Sydney’s sunny Bondi Beach.

By day, I run a design and branding agency, Kady Creative, where I mostly work with food and wellness professionals (think The Fit Foodie, Jessica Sepel, Ovvio Organics). Any spare minute I have, I’m over here in my kitchen, developing and sharing recipes that nourish the soul. I’ve just published my first cookbook – Behind the Half Door – Stories of Food and Folk – which I also shot, styled and designed. It’s been a busy year!

For me, all the best things in life start with F. Family, friends and, of course, my true love – food. My friends fondly call me the muck savage (!) and my fiancé knows he’ll come second to a sandwich any day. If I’m not cooking it, I’m eating it, if I’m not eating it, I’m writing, styling or shooting it.

Originally from Ireland, I moved to Sydney in 2012. I adore living in Bondi. The lifestyle is a dream (eat, work, swim, repeat) and I’ve found so many like-minded friends and clients who share my passion for incredible flavour pairings, whole foods and dreaming big.

To me, food has a special way of bringing people together – it’s how we comfort, nourish and share. I feel very lucky to incorporate that into my work. I hope you love the book and the recipes on this site as much as I loved creating them. Kady x x



Kady O Connell is a brand strategist and cookbook author. Her extensive experience in graphic design and photography has taken her all over the world, and she’s now based in Sydney, Australia. These days, the holistic lifestyle she leads in sunny Bondi has naturally paired Kady with clients such as The Fit Foodie, Brenda Janschek and JSHealth by Jessica Sepel. Kady has an innate understanding of brand strategy, with all the skills to bring her visions to life. It’s her unique triple-threat of design, photography and digital prowess that has propelled Kady Creative into the thriving business it is today. Abreast of current trends, especially in the booming wellness industry, she’s become the go-to girl for local food and lifestyle entrepreneurs, translating their dreams into tangible, successful brands. Kady’s personal love lies with food and recipe developing. She recently styled, shot, designed and wrote her first cookbook, Behind the Half Door – Stories of Food and Folk, released in November 2017. A truly remarkable patchwork of Irish history, emotion-filled interviews and authentic recipes, it’s co-authored by her good friend, food-lover and journalist Biddy McLaughlin. Click here to order a copy.




From the cosy kitchen of a tiny fisher man’s cottage, on the salty shores of Ireland, comes this enchanting collection of recipes and stories. With their fresh approach to Irish cuisine, let firm friends Biddy and Kady lead you behind the half door. You’ll want to curl up and get lost in their heartwarming tales of food and folk. The classic fare from their childhood, made with local ingredients from their villages, have inspired Biddy McLaughlin, journalist, and Kady O Connell, designer and photographer, to take pause from their busy lives. What has resulted is a truly remarkable patchwork of Irish history, emotion-filled interviews and authentic recipes that will nourish your soul.

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