Darina Allen

40 years of ballymaloe #fote2023

Darina Allen, a well-known chef and author of 20 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 

Garden Café Food Truck- Georgina Campbell Awards 2020

Grow, Cook, Nourish- 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award 

Honorary Fellowship of the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (DIT) in recognition of a lifetime’s dedication & work promoting Irish gastronomy, food history & culture. (2018) 

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

 The Guild of Food Writers ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for incalculable contribution to culinary education. (2013)

Towards a Better Food Education for our Children (panel)