Rachel Allen

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Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen Picture.jpg
Born (1972-03-21) March 21, 1972 (age 43)
Dublin, Ireland
Residence County Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
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!
Spouse(s) Isaac Allen
Children Three[1]
Relatives Darina Allen (mother-in-law), Myrtle Allen (grandmother-in-law)

Rachel Allen (born 21 March 1972, in Dublin) is an Irish celebrity chef, known for her work on television and as a writer. She has often appeared on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).

Career as chef[edit]

Allen went to the Ballymaloe Cookery School at the age of 18.[2] 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[citation needed] 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.[3]

Allen is a frequent guest on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, and is one of the presenters on the Good Food Channel Market Kitchen show. In 2008, she was in a series called Rachel Allen: Bake! for RTÉ.

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.[citation needed]

Allen designs a line of products for Tipperary Crystal, including crystal stemware, porcelain dinner sets, and kitchen/dining essentials.[4]

In 2012, she was involved in a controversy over hunting pictures of her posted on Facebook. She soon appeared as a guest on The Saturday Night Show to discuss her behaviour.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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.

Allen lives at a seaside home in County Cork with her husband Isaac, the son of television chef Darina Allen, and their three children.[2]

In July 2012, she became "Dr" Rachel Allen after receiving 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.


  1. ^ Allen, Rachel (2009) Home Cooking. London: Collins; p. 252
  2. ^ a b "Rachel Allen at Ballymaloe Cookery School". Ballymaloe Cookery School. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Irish Cooking Star Rachel Allen Joins Public Television’s Create Channel In September". Create (TV network). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Rachel Allen among O'Connor's guests". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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