Myrtle Allen’s name has become synonymous with Irish cuisine, a phrase that some people might have thought incongruous when she began her career.
Now 81, Allen has been one of the main figures behind the turnaround in the production and popularity of Irish artisan food over the past 50 years. She was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award in recognition of that fact, at the third annual Bord Bia International Specialty Food Forum.
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