Kim McCosker was born and raised in Stanthorpe until moving to Mundubbera, Queensland, a fantastic little town where many of her wonderful family and friends still live. Schooled on the Gold Coast, Kim completed a degree in International Finance, majoring in Japanese in 1998. Kim trained with MLC as a Financial Planner completing her Diploma in Financial Planning through Deakin University in 2000.
Kim’s natural ease with people, her ability to communicate effortlessly and her relaxed confidence served her extremely well as a successful financial adviser and later as the Queensland State Manager of MLC Private Client Services. Kim then contracted from home ‘Paraplanning,’ someone who writes financial plans, to a dynamic Brisbane based financial planning company.
It was during this phase of her life, that 4 Ingredients was bought into a reality. Kim had had the idea, but it was at the insistence of her life long friend Rachael Bermingham they write the book... And so over a couple of red wines, began the wonderful rollercoaster ride 4 Ingredients would go on to become!
Taking a year to compile and cook, 4 Ingredients was launched into the Australian market on 14 March 2007! From an initial print run of 2,000 that was deemed “over-ambitious in a market saturated with cookbooks” Kim and Rachael went on to orchestrate what the book trade refers to as “Absolutely Phenomenal”, that is, a book that ended 2007 as one of the biggest selling books, across all genres, in Australia and New Zealand! And as Kim says, “No-one was more surprised than us!”
Kim’s second book, again co-written and self-published, 4 Ingredients 2, was released in September 2008 and went straight to the top of the bestseller lists. She has just returned from the UK after successfully launching 4 Ingredients in Britain and Ireland. Kim and Rachael’s first television series, 4 Ingredients, premiered on The LifeStyle Channel in September 2008. The series is incredibly popular and the girls were nominated Favourite Female Personality at the 2009 ASTRA Awards.
The most rewarding of everything accomplished to date has been the birth of her three precious boys Morgan 7, Hamilton 4 and baby Flynn 1. For Kim, family is most important and carries the greatest priority of all she does! Renovations were done with the children playing in the yard, recipes tested with them mixing and stirring, books written around their sleep-times and trips made only when her wonderfully, supportive husband Glen could be home for them.
Rachael Bermingham was born in Stanthorpe on the Darling Downs before moving to the beautiful Sunshine Coast in primary school.
A born entrepreneur Rachael opened her first business, a hair salon, at age 19 before selling it for a profit and moving into other exciting careers including diving, shark feeding and travel. Her passion for helping others to succeed then began to emerge in the form of authoring books and becoming a motivational speaker.
Rachael’s talent for growing businesses from home through her clever low cost marketing strategies around family commitments, time management and effective goal setting strategies developed into a full time consulting and mentoring business with women clients in six different countries. Soon Rachael was being asked to talk on marketing, business building and life balance and her reputation as an inspirational keynote speaker blossomed.
When her son Jaxson was born, Rachael’s desire to be a full-time mum led her to transform the contents of her talks into her first co-written and self-published book, Read My Lips, to inspire women to achieve their goals. This would be the catalyst for her lifelong friend Kim McCosker to share her own idea for a book – a cook book with only a few ingredients.
Rachael’s experience in self-publishing and marketing and her enthusiasm for such a book, merged with Kim’s fabulous idea, would be all the winning ingredients the girls needed to co-write Rachael’s second book, the bestselling 4 Ingredients.
Rachael’s third book, again co-written and self-published, 4 Ingredients 2, was released in September 2008 and went straight to the top of the bestseller lists. Her recently released fourth book, How to Write Your Own Book & Make It a Bestseller!, was prompted by the thousands of emails she received asking how to write and market your own book.
Having just returned from the UK after successfully launching 4 Ingredients in Britain and Ireland, Rachael and Kim are excited about their new television series premiering on The LifeStyle Channel in May. Their first series, 4 Ingredients, premiered on The LifeStyle Channel in September last year. The series is incredibly popular and the girls received a nomination for Favourite Female Personality at the 2009 ASTRA Awards.
Fun-loving and a real go getter Rachael lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. When she’s not working on new books or her many business interests, Rachael can be found enjoying what she loves most – chillaxing at home with her husband Paul (a house renovator), gorgeous son Jaxson who is 4, and their fabulous friends enjoying the spectacular sun, surf and sand of the Sunshine Coast.