Norman MacRitchie Reeley Following family tradition, he was originally destined to be an engineer in the shipyards of the River Clyde in Scotland. A chance meeting on a rain filled winters evening with an old school friend changed the direction of his life forever. He defied his father; quit his secure engineering apprenticeship to train to become a chef. As well as enjoying the creative but high-pressure world of the kitchen, he re-discovered the joys and satisfaction of education, and became a Senior Lecturer in a college of further education. His underlying ambition however, was to open a family-run bistro-style restaurant in the manner of the French or Italian model. He quit his job in the college and opened his dream bistro-restaurant near to HMNB Clyde at Faslane on the Gareloch, which quickly obtained a reputation far beyond the local area. In nineteen-ninety, the family moved to Spain, buying a Hotel and Restaurant in the beautiful seaside town of Javea, on the Costa Blanca. Norman has enjoyed travelling around Europe in his old campervan, written travel articles, dabbled in local politics and amateur sculpture. Now devotes his time as a full time author.