Darina Allen

Towards a Better Food Education for our Children (panel)

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 hotel, Ballymaloe House has been the recipient of numerous awards for its seasonal, local and home-grown food and hospitality.   

Darina’s awards include: 

One Pot Feeds All – 2020 World Gourmand Cookbook Award in the Cooking School/Education Section 

Garden Café Food Truck won Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards 2020 – Street Food of the Year 

Grow, Cook, Nourish- 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award 

Darina received an 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 2018 

‘Best Professional Author & Chef’ WORLD GOURMANDS for the UK for ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’ (2014)

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

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

Darina is Chair of Artisan Food Forum of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Trustee of Irish Organic Centre, Patron of Irish Seed Savers and Member of Euro-Toques (European Association of Chefs, Guild of Food Writers in UK and Ireland and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).