Her client list as a private chef in LA includes Hollywood A-listers, such as Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, and in recent years she has started to incorporate marijuana into her cooking for medical purposes.
The results, she says, have been very encouraging and she hopes to organise a hemp event in Ireland in the New Year to explore the health benefits of the plant which is used in everything from clothing to building materials.
Here, the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill passed through the Dáil last December, but in July the bill was effectively shelved following a report from the Oireachtas committee on health.
McAteer now hopes to open up a discussion on the health benefits of cannabis, drawing on her experience of using it infused in butters and oils in California where its use for qualified patients has been legal since 1996.
She says hemp has a wide range of health