Business interview: Darina Allen

Darina Allen helped to make Ballymaloe a world-famous culinary destination, and she’s convinced that food can also help to transform Ireland’s fortunes

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
28th May, 2011

Darina Allen may be well established in Irish business, but she can empathise with the thousands of entrepreneurs who have had their loan requests turned down by the banks in recent years.

In the early 1980s, Allen decided to expand the small cookery school she was running in a converted out-building on a farm in east Cork.

Her plan was to offer residential cookery courses, and to compete for students from Ireland and overseas with...

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