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A revolution in Irish food and cooking with Ballymaloe

Sean Dunne from Irish Central, a hugely popular Irish-American website, recently posted a comprehensive article about Ballymaloe.

The revolution in Irish cooking and the uptake in organic wholesome food where the focus is on ingredients, can be credited to one family in Ireland, the Allens.

The family who own the famous Irish cooking school Ballymaloe, are the ones who helped start the revolution towards Irish food with their family run business which now spans four generations.

Rachel Allen named Cork Person of the Month for December 2013

Rachel was delighted to be named Cork Person of the Month in December 2013.

The organisers of the competition pointed out that 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of Ballymaloe Cookery School. A spokesperson for the organisers said that "Ms Allen received the December Person of the Month award to mark her many successes in good food promotion and preparation, through her TV series, cookery books, journalism and teaching."

Supper Club : Chef's Night Out!

This night out is a great opportunity for chefs and food enthusiasts to meet and get to know each other. With food ideas flowing this it’s a great time for networking.

Many restaurants are closed on Mondays on Tuesday nights throughout the winter months, which makes it the perfect opportunity for Chefs to head out for a pre-Christmas get together!

Master it is named in "20 food books of the year" by The Guardian

We are delighted to announce that "Master It!" by Rory O'Connell has been named in the top food books of the year in the Guardian Newspaper.

Ireland named "Best Tourism Destination" in comprehensive survey!

For the second year running Ireland has been named as the ‘Best Tourism Destination’ by Global Traveller Magazine who polled over 20,000 frequent travellers in the USA.

The magazine asked it's business and luxury travel readers to select their favourite destination, airline and other travel-related questions in a massive survey and for the second year running Ireland came out as the most popular destination.

The award ceremony will be held tonight, December 10th in Los Angeles.

Ballymaloe Hampers

We have two hampers packed full of Ballymaloe and other quality goodies for you, they make the ideal Christmas present!

The hampers are:

Myrtle Allen to receive a civic Reception in Cork City Hall

We are delighted to announce that A civic reception will be held in Cork City Hall on December the 4th at 6PM to honour Myrtle Allen and her contribution to the food industry of Ireland.

Here is a link to a lovely piece by Joe McNamee ( @jozeemac ) in this Monday's Irish Examiner about Myrle, who Joe describes on Twitter as His "Culinary Hero" and "The God Mother of Irish Cuisine".

Darina Wins Cookbook of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that Darina Allen's latest book '30 Years at Ballymaloe' was awarded The 'Avonmore Cookbook of the Year' award at the Irish Book Awards last night.

Darina's book celebrates her 30 years at Ballymaloe Cookery School which first opened it's doors to students in 1983, at which time there were 15 cookery courses available. Now there are over 100 courses each year. These are reflected in the recipes collected in this book.

Downton Abbey Supper Club

It was like stepping back in time… But in a good way!... The hand printed wallpapers illuminated by candlelit... The silverware overflowing with perfectly ripe fruit… The ladies donned their finest pearls and the gents their bow ties…. And the food was simply delicious.

The first ever Ballymaloe House Supper Club took place on Tuesday night. It was soiree like no other. The Downton Abbey theme gave guests the opportunity to dress like lords and ladies while the kitchen produces a menu that captured the best of post Edwardian life.

Ballymaloe Craft & Design Festival 2014 is a great success!

The 4th annual Craft & Design festival took place in the grounds of Ballymloe Country House over the weekend. There were over 100 stalls on show where you could browse stalls ranging from ceramics to candle makers to basket weavers with a lot of tasty treats in between!

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered and exhibited, you all contributed to make the weekend such a great success!

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