Darina Allen

In the year 1948, fans of all things food and cooking gained a new homebred hero.

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Although she is a Laois woman by birth, us kind Cork have claimed her as our own. Born in the small village of Cullohill, Darina moved to Dublin for education before settling into the Cork Country side. Darina took on the Allen name when she married Cork Man Tim Allen in 1970.

Several years later, Darina partnered with her brother, Rory O’Connell, to open the Ballymaloe cookery school in 1983. Located in Shanagarry. East Cork, on it’s own farm spreading across 100 acres of organic Cork land, the Ballymaloe school has been popularized for it’s excellent teaching facilities, and faultless food products.

Not only has Darina risen to the spotlight for her business, she is a successful author and television personality, presenting Simply Delicious for a total of nine series. Some of her popular book titles include, ‘Forgotten Skills of Cooking’, ‘Irish Traditional Cooking’, and ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’.

Awarded with some of the most prestigious culinary awards in this country, Allen carries:

  • 2005: IACP Cooking Teacher of the year
  • 2013: Cookbook of the year
  • 2001: Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year

Proud of her adopted Cork Community, Darina is actively involving, currently chairing the Midleton Farmers Market.

Her long list of professional memberships and awards show the true talent that she is. Lovin Cork is delighted that Darina has brought so much talent and passion to Cork. She is most definitely a Cork ‘wan now.

You can follow Darina’s blog here, or find her on Twitter.


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