In short about myself.

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.  

Some Awards include:

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:

  • Artisan Food Forum of Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Trustee of Irish Organic Centre
  • Patron of Irish Seed Savers
  • Member of Euro-Toques (European Association of Chefs
  • Member of the Guild of Food Writers in UK and IrelandMember of IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).
  • East Cork Slow Food Convivium Leader

My Recipes