Darina Allen is a popular Irish chef, known for co-founding the Ballymaloe Cookery School, her food writing and television presenting. Born the eldest of nine children in Laois, her brother Rory O'Connell is also a well known chef.
Allen founded Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983 with her brother Rory O'Connell. Author of over 10 books and presenter on 6 television series, her main passion and her daily life still revolves around extending her knowledge to the students at the Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Allen has won numerous awards and honours, including 'Cookbook of the Year' for '30 Years of Ballymaloe'. She has written at least nine books, with her latest 'One Pot Feeds All' now available on Easons.com.