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Rachel Allen in June 2016
Rachel Helen O'Neill
21 March 1972
|Alma mater||Dublin Institute of Technology|
|Known for||TV chef|
|Television||Rachel's Favourite Food |
Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends
Rachel's Favourite Food at Home
Rachel Allen: Bake!
My Kitchen Rules
|Isaac Allen (m. 1998)|
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 Cookery School.
In September 2004, RTÉ broadcast Allen's first series in Ireland Rachel's Favourite Food, which has also been broadcast in Australia, Canada and Europe, 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.
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. In February 2020 her son Joshua was imprisoned for drug offenses.He pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply of more than EUR22,000 worth of cannabis at the Ballymaloe Cookery School at Shanagarry in Co Cork in September 2018. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a small amount of cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 months. In a statement Rachel Allen and her husband Isaac said they were "devastated" by the arrest of their son Joshua in relation to the drugs charges.