Ballymaloe founder Myrtle Allen has died

Ballymaloe founder Myrtle Allen has died
IE FEATURES 27/11/2013 ... /Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House. /Picture: Denis Minihane.

Myrtle Allen, an award-winning chef who founded Ballymaloe cookery school, has died.

Mrs Allen, who passed on her culinary skills to daughter-in-law Darina, died peacefully at Cork University Hospital yesterday, surrounded by her family. She was 94.

Mrs Allen was lauded as being a pioneer for Irish food.

Together with her husband, Ivan, she bought Ballymaloe house in Cork in 1948 and the home was opened as a restaurant in 1964.

She was the first Irish woman to be awarded a Michelin star and ran an Irish restaurant in Paris.

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