Darina Allen, a well-known chef and author of 19 cookbooks and presenter of 8 series of ‘Simply Delicious’
Co-founder of the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in the midst of a 100-acre organic farm in East Cork in Ireland. Students come from all over the world to hone their culinary skills at this sustainable, farm-to-table project. Est in 1983. The family Country House Hotel and restaurant at Ballymaloe House has been the recipient of numerous awards for its seasonal, local and home-grown food and hospitality.
March 2020 – One Pot Feeds All published by Kyle Books.
World Gourmand Cookbook Award in the Cooking School/Education Section
September 2019 – Garden Café Food Truck Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards 2020 – Street Food of the Year
May 2018 - Grow, Cook, Nourish published by Kyle Books
Gourmand World Cookbook Award
May 2018 - Honorary Fellowship of the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (DIT) in recognition of a lifetime’s dedication and work promoting Irish gastronomy, food history and culture.
2018 - Guaranteed Irish Food Hero Award
November 2014 - ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award’ by the Cork Chamber of Commerce
February 2014 - ‘Best Professional Author & Chef’ category WORLD GOURMAND Awards 30 Years at Ballymaloe published by Kyle Books.
May 2013 - The Guild of Food Writers (UK) top accolade,
The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, for her incalculable contribution to culinary education.
2010 - Forgotten Skills published by Kyle Books won the André Simon Food Book of the Year.
2010 - Mike Butt Ward (honoured by the Restaurant Association of Ireland for her contribution to the Irish restaurant industry and food movement).
Honorary Doctorate from University of Ulster at Coleraine, 2003
Laois Person of the Year 1993
Darina holds many positions in leading food organisations including: