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Chef Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House has died aged 94

13 June 2018 10:35
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Chef Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House has died aged 94

The mother-in-law of Darina Allen died surrounded by her family at hospital.

MYRTLE ALLEN OF Ballymaloe House, and mother-in-law of famous Irish food writer Darina Allen, has died aged 94.

The Cork-born Michelin star-winning chef died in hospital surrounded by her family, according to Ballymaloe House.

Myrtle was a hugely influential part of Ireland’s food scene, being behind the Ballymaloe Cookery School as well as a talented chef and food writer. She was the first Irish woman to be awarded the coveted Michelin star.

Ballymaloe House is based in Shanagarry and run by the Allen family, who have looked after the food and hospitality at the home since 1964.

Allen’s daughter-in-law Darina Allen herself has had a long career in food writing and hospitality in Ireland.

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