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Woman of the Month

Woman Of The Month - Eléonore Schoettel-Kuentz

Eléonore Schoettel-Kuentz, born and raised in Alsace, came to Monaco in 2005 with her husband and kids. The children are now adults from 32 to 23 years old, they went to school at FANB in Monaco and live now in Switzerland and France. She studied scientific and technic translation and interpretation at university, as well as dramatic arts at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts.

She worked first as journalist in a bilingual Newspaper for 3 years, and enjoyed theatre as much as she could. Then Eléonore had a new opportunity working for an airline in Switzerland called Crossair. She worked first as a flight attendant and after a year became head of recruitment of flight attendants. This was a wonderful and exciting time for her, this Swiss business airline was growing fast and she had to recruit 500 new flight attendants a year all over Europe with her team. After 9 years, she wanted a new challenge and found it in an advert looking for a Cooking Chef for a TV Show in Switzerland. She was a very passionate cook and even though she was not professionally trained, she applied for the casting and got the job. This new career allowed Eléonore to combine her two passions, cooking and theatre.

This very exciting time for her developed and her love for the TV Business led her into becoming a producer of a TV show called al dente in Switzerland. After 12 years the show is still very successful on Swiss TV and TV 5 monde. It was at this time in 2005, that Eléonore followed her husband to Monaco, where he became the Chief Doctor for the AS Monaco Football club. This still allowed Eléonore to continue her role as a producer travelling a great deal back and forth to Switzerland and also creating her own production company, Cap Azur Production in Cap d'Ail.

Eléonore already had a love for this region, her grandmother lived in Antibes, and she visited her every summer during her childhood. Only recently Eléonore together with her husband are putting together their joint experiences and knowledge to create a cooking book for sportsmen. They realised that most athletes know what they should eat and take guidance from nutritionists, but they didn't know how to cook for themselves what they should be eating! They have built up a team of nutritionists specialized in sports from Insep in Paris and New York. The mission for the book is to do very simple recipes using the right ingredients for athletes, to make cooking easy and fun and eating a pleasure, with the right focus on what you need to eat depending on performance. The book will contain recipes suitable for an athlete who is  copeting on that day or for a normal training day etc. The book will also contain testimonials from many athletes and it will be published in 3 languages (French, English and German). The book will be available this coming October 2016 and is called "Recipes for Champions".

We asked Eléonore our famous 5 questions and this is what she said:

1) What makes you smile?

My grandchildren, my family and friends, sea and sun, achieving workout of the day at Bootcamp, my husband cooking, my dog.

2) What or who inspires you?

People, people, people.

3) Do you believe in gut instincts?

Of course I do! But analysis should not be forgotten!

4) Your three essential things if you were stuck on a desert island would be what?

Knife, fire, husband or just husband, he should have a knife and fire in his pocket! ...So I could take my phone to call a taxiboat ;))

5) If you are planning a day/night out, what do you enjoy doing the most?

I love inviting friends or family around a lovely dinner talking and making the world new, but also theater, cinema, dancing, brainstorming, performing, a trip on a boat during a sunny day, discovering new great and surprising restaurants, organizing a party.

Eléonore Schoettel-Kuentz (right) with British Olympic Champion Paula Radcliffe (left)

Friday, 1 July 2016    Section: Woman of the Month
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