, 2022-11-11 10:00:00,
Jillea Nolan, 29, is a private chef in Hawke’s Bay. She’s married to Joshua Nolan, 32, a marine engineer, who spends six months of every year working on superyachts in Europe and the US. They have a daughter Freya, 1, and live in Waipukurau.
Jillea: I’m from Hawke’s Bay but after completing a business degree at Otago, a friend asked me to come over to Spain to work on superyachts.
I spent six months as a stewardess, which wasn’t for me but luckily they asked if I wanted to help in the kitchen. I didn’t have much experience with food but I loved it. So when a guest left me a $7500 tip, I flew to the UK to do a cooking course. Five years later, I ended up as the head chef on a yacht owned by a wealthy Russian family.
I met Josh on the first yacht I worked on. He had a girlfriend at the time and there’s an unwritten rule that crew don’t date each other, so we were just really good friends. In 2016 we were in Italy when the rest of the crew were off doing their own thing so Josh said, why don’t we go to Florence for the weekend? We booked an Airbnb with separate rooms.
* ‘We didn’t live together until two years after we got married’
* ‘We said ‘I do’ at the top of the AJ Hackett bungy tower in Las Vegas’
* Thanks to Covid, we had eight months getting to know each other on the phone
The second night, we’d gone out for dinner and strangers kept saying, what a lovely couple you are. We kept saying, we’re not a couple. But it felt right and that…
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