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Nationality  Irish
Name  Darina Allen

Role  Chef
Spouse  Tim Allen (m. 1970)
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Full Name  Darina O'Connell
Born  1948 (age 66–67)Cullohill, County Laois, Ireland
Occupation  Chef and television personality
Known for  Leading the Slow Food movement in Ireland
Education  Dublin Institute of Technology
Nominations  James Beard Award for International Cooking
Books  Darina Allen's Ballymalo, Irish Traditional Cooking, The Complete Book of Iri, Healthy Gluten‑Free Cooking, Forgotten Skills of Cooking
Similar People  Rachel Allen, Myrtle Allen, Tim Allen, Rory O'Connell

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Darina Allen (born 13 June 1948; née O'Connell) is an Irish chef, food writer, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Cork, Ireland.


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Darina Allen was born in Cullohill, County Laois, the eldest of nine children. The renowned chef Rory O'Connell is her brother. A graduate in hotel management of the Dublin Institute of Technology, she is the author of several successful books on the topic of Irish cuisine. She is a leader of the Slow Food movement in Ireland and instrumental in establishing a network of farmers' markets in the Cork area. In the 1960s she was sous-chef at Ballymaloe House and started giving courses in cooking. Later she moved the cookery classes to Kinoith under the name of Ballymaloe Cookery School. She married Tim Allen, son of Myrtle Allen and Ivan Allen, and now lives on her organic farm, Kinoith, in Shanagarry. Allen has been voted cooking teacher of the year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland. The school is situated on an organically run farm.

Founder of first Farmers' Markets in Ireland and continuing to be involved in helping set up new markets, she is currently chair of the Midleton Farmers' Market.


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Member of Taste Council of Irish Food Board, Chair of Artisan Food Forum of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Food Safety Consultative Council of Ireland, Trustee of Irish Organic Centre, Patron of Irish Seedsavers.

Member of Eurotoques (European Association of Chefs), IWF (International Women's Federation), Network Ireland, Guild of Foodwriters in UK and Ireland, International SLOW Movement, Bread Bakers Guild of America, IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals - Darina Allen is a Certified Culinary Professional and Teacher and the school is accredited by IACP).

Councillor for Ireland in Slow Food Movement and President of East Cork Convivium of Slow Food.

Awards and honours

  • 2013 Irish Book Awards (Cookbook of the Year) for 30 Years of Ballymaloe
  • 2005 Cooking Teacher of the Year Award from IACP
  • 2003 Honorary Degree from University of Ulster
  • 2001 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year
  • 2000 Waterford Wedgwood Hospitality Award
  • 1996 Langhe Ceretto Prize
  • 1993 Laois Person of the Year
  • 1992 Gilbeys Gold Medal for Catering Excellence jointly with Myrtle Allen
  • Fellow of Irish Hotel and Catering Institute
  • References

    Darina Allen Wikipedia

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