Owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland, Darina Allen is teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. She graduated in Hotel Management, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Darina is a member of Taste Council of Irish Food Board, Chair of Artisan Food Forum of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Food Safety Consultative Council of Ireland, Trustee of Irish Organic Centre, Patron of Irish Seedsavers. She has won numerous awards including the ‘Best Professional Author & Chef’ category of the World Gourmands of the UK for her book ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’ in February 2014; ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’ won the Bord Gais Avonmore Cookbook of the Year Award in November 2013; Darina won ‘The Guild of Food Writers’ (UK) top accolade, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her incalculable contribution to culinary education in May 2013;Cooking Teacher of the Year Award from the IACP 2005; recipient of Honorary Degree from University of Ulster 2003; Winner of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2001,
Founder of first Farmers Markets in Ireland and involved on an ongoing basis in helping set up new markets. Darina is currently chair of the Midleton Farmers Market and councillor for Ireland in Slow Food Movement and President of East Cork Convivium of Slow Food.
Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (16-18th May 2014) will bring some of the world’s best known chefs, critics and wine experts to East Cork. We are so honoured to have Maggie Beer, Diana Kennedy, Rene Redzepi, Yotam Ottolenghi, Simon Hopkinson, Sandor Katz to name only a few. Please visit www.litfest.ie for more information and for our free fringe festival in The Big Shed