Twin Flame
Crew profile

Captain: Kieran Brown (UK)
First Mate: Michelle Preciado
Chef: Elizabeth Castelan

Captain: Kieran Brown
First Mate: Michelle Preciado
Kieran and Michelle met back in 2012 in Mexico whilst working in the dive industry as instructors and photographers. Since then they have been on an unstoppable adventure that has taken them across the Caribbean, Americas, Europe and SE Asia. They have now been in the charter industry for 5 years and are definitely enjoying their home in the British Virgin Islands. A country full of history and secrets that has allowed them to slowly discover more and more as their adventure continues.

Both Kieran and Michelle were led to the ocean by a passion for scuba diving and adventure, it is was this passion that formed the foundation for a life destined on the ocean. Being on boats has been an integral part of their lives since they were young and it was a natural progression to move on to running sailing yachts in the Caribbean.

Michelle is a trained chef, completing the Ashburton Chef’s academy in 2017 to add to her extensive personal experience of working under an array of incredible Yacht and Restaurant Chefs. She also has dive instructor rating and is a qualified captain that thrives on deck. Kieran is an accomplished diver as well as Captain. He enjoys most water sports and has a keen interest in marine life.

Following Irma and Maria in 2017, Kieran & Michelle spent 15 months living on Tortola rebuilding a hurricane damaged catamaran and returned it to the charter fleet. This was an invaluable experience for any charter crew rebuilding a yacht from the ground up and learning every aspect of the rebuild, repairs and upgrades along the way. Here they collectively developed a strong knowledge of Boat Building, Project Management and general Marine Engineering.

In addition to working on charter yachts, Kieran and Michelle’s other passion is adventure and photography. It is this combination that led to the birth of Panga Expeditions. For the past 6 years they have been travelling the world, capturing incredible footage from both above and below the surface and have been featured on countless National TV Channels/Online Media Outlets including Nat Geo, Discovery, Shark Week, GoPro & Google. Whilst enjoying brief sponsorships from GoPro, Light & Motion and other adventure sport companies to help capture incredible footage.

They’re now working on developing a worldwide itinerary that will include guided trips to participate in; Humpback Whales in water interactions, Tiger Shark Dives, Wakeboarding, Whitewater Kayaking, Mountain Biking whilst being filmed in 4K. This will be operated during the hurricane season and will allow them the opportunity to both charter and pursue their dream of running expeditions.

Chef: Elizabeth Castelan
Chef Elizabeth started her culinary journey and education at Hidalgo Culinary Arts University in Mexico City. It was here where she first discovered her passion for cooking and creating dishes inspired from the variety of great ingredients and flavors available in her homeland.

Soon Elizabeth was traveling in search of more knowledge and experience with new cuisines, she settled in Monaco, France. First visiting the prestigious Lyzee Tecnique et Hotielere, a renowned school for culinary arts, where she developed her menu and skills and secured a position at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco.

It was here working surrounded by the ocean and yachts that a new interest sparked. After 3 years of working in Monaco, Elizabeth decided to complete her yacht training and make the transition to a life at sea.

Elizabeth is your chef onboard Twin Flame. She can meet your every desire no matter the preference. She particularly enjoys cooking French, Mexican, Mediterranean Style cuisines.

When Elizabeth is not cooking you can find her at the gym, she enjoys keeping fit and taking care of herself. She enjoys hiking in nature and reading a variety of books.