Owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland, teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is situated in the midst of a 100 acre organic farm. Graduate in Hotel Management, Dublin Institute of Technology. Member of the International SLOW FOOD Movement
Darina Allen is Ireland’s most famous cook and a best-selling author who has presented eight series of her cookery programmes Simply Delicious on television in Ireland. A tireless ambassador for Irish food both at home and abroad, Darina is also a passionate and committed teacher and students come away from Ballymaloe inspired by her energy and ideas and the enthusiasm she and her team bring to their work. She has been instrumental in setting up the Farmers Market movement in Ireland. Darina chairs the Artisan Food Forum which liases with the FSAI to articulate the difficulties and challenges experienced by the Artisan and Speciality food sector. She is vehemently opposed to the growing of GM crops in Ireland
The Ballymaloe Cookery School was established in 1983, a sustainable food project which operates all year round and attracts students from all over the world. The school’s culinary philosophy is based on enhancing the natural flavours of the best and freshest local ingredients. It offers a wide range of courses from 12 Week professional courses for students who wish to pursue a career in catering, to short courses ranging from a day to a week long on a variety of subjects Simply Delicious Food Fast, Bread Baking, Seafood, Entertaining, Vegetarian, Introductory, How to make your own Butter, Yoghurt and Cheese, Fermentation, Organic Gardening, Spring and Autumn Foraging……
Darina Allen is a member of Taste Council of Bord Bia, Chair of Artisan Food Forum of Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Trustee of Irish Organic Centre, Patron of Irish Seedsavers.
Member of Euro-Toques (European Association of Chefs),
Guild of Foodwriters in both UK and Ireland
Farmers Association of Ireland, The Organic Trust
IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals – Darina Allen is a Certified Culinary Professional and Teacher and the school is accredited by IACP)..
Founder of first Farmers Markets in Ireland and involved on an ongoing basis in helping set up new markets.
Councillor for Ireland in Slow Food Movement and President of East Cork Slow Food Convivium.