Darina Allen

Called 'The Julia Child of Ireland' by the San Francisco Chronicle, Darina Allen runs the world-renowned cooking school at Ballymaloe in County Cork, Ireland. Darina is the award-winning author of Irish Traditional Cooking, Ballymaloe Cookery Course, A Year at Ballymaloe, Healthy Gluten-free Eating (with Rosemary Kearney) Darina founded the first Farmers' Markets in Ireland and is a tireless campaigner for local produce.

She was awarded the Cooking for Solutions Conservation Leadership Award - Chef of the Year 2008 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. She is also a natural teacher and was awarded the IACP's 2005 Cooking Teacher of the Year Award.



  • Reviews

    'There's not much this gourmet grande dame doesn't know' Nigel Slater, Observer Food Monthly
    'Darina's beautiful and unpretentious vision of cooking is connected to the land' Alice Waters
    'Darina Allen is Delia Smith and Mary Berry rolled into one, the absolute authority on how to make your sponge cakes rise or your chocolate mousse set. And her cookery school at Ballymaloe, with top guest chefs such as Claudia Roden, has become the go-to destination for budding cooks' Tony Turnbull, The Times

Books by Darina Allen