Darina Allen owns and runs the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork.
The school is situated on a 100-acre organically run farm and gardens and offers courses from a Professional 12-Week Certificate Course, 6 Week Sustainable Food Program to Forgotten Skills courses on Foraging, Home Butchery and Charcuterie, Homemade Butter, Cheese and Yoghurt......
Darina is a well-known cookbook author and television presenter. She writes weekly for the Irish Examiner and other occasional pieces.
Darina is the Leader of the East Cork Slow Food Convivium.
Darina set up the first Farmers Market in Ireland on the Coal Quay in Cork in 1996, and has been instrumental in setting up several more including the very successful Midleton Farmers Market in 2000.
Darina is a trustee of the Irish Organic Centre, a patron of GIY Ireland, Member of Eurotoques (European Association of Chefs), Member of The Guild of Food Writers in Ireland and UK, Chair of the Food Safety Authority’s Artisan Food Forum and a member of the Taste Council of An Bord Bia.