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March 21, 1972 |
|Residence||County Cork, Ireland|
|Education||Ballymaloe Cookery School|
|Occupation||Television chef, writer|
|Television||Rachel's Favourite Food
Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends
Rachel's Favourite Food at Home
Rachel Allen: Bake!
|Relatives||Darina Allen (mother-in-law), Myrtle Allen (grandmother-in-law)|
Career as chef
Allen went to the Ballymaloe Cookery School at the age of 18. After graduating from the school she cooked at the Ballymaloe House Hotel, eventually returning first to test recipes and then to teach at the school. She worked for a while as a caterer in Vancouver before returning to teach at Ballymaloe.
In September 2004, RTÉ broadcast Allen’s first series in Ireland Rachel's Favourite Food, which has also been broadcast in Australia, Canada, Italy, and elsewhere. A book, Rachel’s Favourite Food, accompanied the series, published by Gill & Macmillan. Two further TV series and books followed, Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends and Rachel's Favourite Food At Home; reruns of the latter became part of Create's television schedule in the United States starting in September 2010.
Allen has written for many Irish publications, including three years with Irish lifestyle magazine Image and a weekly column in The Sunday Tribune Magazine. She has also contributed to BBC Good Food magazine and AWT At Home magazine.
Her Icelandic mother, Hallfríður Reichenfeld, was in the fashion business and had clothes shops. Her father, Brian O'Neill, had inherited the Winstanley shoe manufacturing business.
In July 2012, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Ulster at Belfast's Waterfront Hall for her contribution to the culinary arts. Her mother-in-law Darina Allen received an honorary doctorate from the same university in 2003.
- Allen, Rachel (2009) Home Cooking. London: Collins; p. 252
- "Rachel Allen at Ballymaloe Cookery School". Ballymaloe Cookery School. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- "Irish Cooking Star Rachel Allen Joins Public Television’s Create Channel In September". Create (TV network). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
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- "Rachel Allen among O'Connor's guests". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.