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Darina Allen

founder, Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Cork


Darina Allen owns and runs the internationally renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School at Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland
Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management, Dublin Institute of Technology College at Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin.
Honorary Doctorate from University of Ulster at Coleraine, 2003

Established Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983

Simply Delicious 1989, A Simply Delicious Christmas 1989, Simply Delicious 2 1990, Simply Delicious Fish 1991, Simply Delicious France and Italy, 1992, Simply Delicious Food for Family and Friends, 1993, Simply Delicious Versatile Vegetables, 1994. Simply Delicious Meals in Minutes 1996.
Festive Food of Ireland 1992, Kyle Cathie, American and Irish editions also published.
Irish Traditional Cooking 1995, Kyle Cathie, Irish edition Gill and Macmillan in association with Kyle Cathie, American Edition, Penguin Studio.
Irish Traditional Cooking awarded the Langhe Ceretto Prize in Italy in 1996. Re-launched 2004 and again in 2012.
A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Kyle Cathie 1997.
Ballymaloe Seasons
Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course, Kyle Cathie, published December 2001, Shortlisted for André Simon Awards. Revised edition – October 2007
Healthy Gluten Free Eating, co-authored with Rosemary Kearney, Kyle Cathie, 2003
Easy Entertaining – published by Kyle Cathie, London, November 2005. Winner in IACP Cookbook Awards 2006.
Forgotten Skills published by Kyle Cathie, November, 2009
Winner of the André Simon Food Book of the Year, 2010
30 Years at Ballymaloe published by Kale Cathie, September 2013
A Simply Delicious Christmas – published by G&M (revised edition November 2014)
Grow, Cook, Nourish – published by Kyle Books (September 2017)
Newspapers and Periodicals
Weekly food column in The Irish Examiner.
Occasional pieces for Irish Times, Irish Farmers Journal, Irish Wine and Food Magazine, Image Magazine, BBC Good Food, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Soil Association Magazine, Slow Food Magazine.

8 series of ‘Simply Delicious’ on RTE, 1989-1996 (accompanied by cookbooks) – widely sold overseas including TVFN in US.
‘A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School’ 26 part series for Carlton Food Network, 1998. (accompanied by cookbook)
‘Ballymaloe Cookery Course’ – RTE 2002 based on cookbook.
‘A Simply Delicious Christmas’ – RTE 2014 and 2015

• Appearances on ‘Good Food Live’, Saturday Kitchen, BBC ‘Hot Chefs’, Judge on BBC ‘Masterchef’ and ‘Junior Masterchef’ ‘Food and Drink Show, ‘Through the Keyhole’ ‘Songs of Praise’ ‘The Holiday Programme’ ‘Wish you were here’ ‘The Veg Programme.’ and ‘The Late Late Show’
Several appearances on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘TVFN Cooking Live’
‘QVC Shopping Channel’, ‘NBC Weekend Today Show’, CBS Early Show, ‘The Martha Stewart Show’

Awards for Darina Allen

September 2016, Ballymaloe Cookery School received
Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation as part of the European Garden Awards by EGHN (European Garden Heritage Network) and the Schloss Dyck Foundation

October 2015, recipient of the inaugural iBAM! 2015 Culinary Arts Award

April 2015, ‘Local Food Hero’ in Munster by The Irish Restaurant Association

November 2014, ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award’ by the Cork Chamber of Commerce

June 2014, The Ballymaloe Cookery School won the Restaurant Association of Ireland award for ‘Best Cookery School in Ireland’.

February 2014, Darina won the ‘Best Professional Author & Chef’ category of the WORLD GOURMANDS for the UK for ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’

November 2013, ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’ won the Bord Gáis Avonmore Cookbook of the Year 2013

November 2013, Darina won the inaugural Tia Maria Woman of the Year Award 2013 in association with Hi Magazine.

May 2013, Darina won The Guild of Food Writers (UK) top accolade, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, for her incalculable contribution to culinary education.

The Ballymaloe Cookery School was awarded a José Navarro Foundation Award at the Premios Verdes Awards 2011 (The Green Awards) in Valencia on 17th November 2011 in the modality of BUSINESS IN THE FIELD OF RESTORATION.

The main objective of these awards is to recognize the excellent performance that certain people and entities have brought out in investigation, development, and promotion of responsible nutrition and its repercussion in sustainable development, therefore encouraging ¨Intelligent Eating¨ in our society.

“Forgotten Skills” was Nominated for the finalist in the General category of the 25th Anniversary of the IACP Cookbook Awards 2011

“Forgotten Skills” won the André Simon Food Book of the Year, 2010
“Forgotten Skills” won the Listowel Food Fair Book of the Year Award 2010

In April 2010, Darina received the Mike Butt Ward (honoured by the Restaurant Association of Ireland for her contribution to the Irish restaurant industry and food movement).
Good Food Ireland – Top Overall Member Award in 2008: Ballymaloe Cookery School & Ballymaloe House
Cooking for Solutions Conservation Leadership Award – Chefs of the Year 2008 from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Euro-Toques Award for outstanding contribution to the Irish culinary sector in 2007
IACP Cookbook Award for Easy Entertaining published by Kyle Cathie – April 2006
Cork Business Person of the Month – January 2006
International Cooking Teacher of the Year awarded by IACP in USA, 2005
Honorary Doctorate from University of Ulster at Coleraine, 2003
Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2001
Waterford Wedgwood Hospitality Award 2000
Laois Person of the Year 1993
Langhe Ceretto Prize 1996
Gilbeys Gold Medal for Catering Excellence jointly with Myrtle Allen 1992