‘My motto for life? Get out of bed, keep going and celebrate the good stuff’ – chef Rory O’Connell

The award-winning chef, cookery writer, Ballymaloe Cookery School co-founder and TV presenter has been sharing his skills at Bord Bia Bloom

Rory O’Connell, chef, believes humanity’s most useless invention is an egg poacher: ‘Just try and get a really fresh egg, and that looks after the rest’

Rory O’Connell grew up in Cullohill, Co Laois, one of nine children raised by his widowed mother. He worked as a lawyer and an interior designer before co-founding the Ballymaloe Cookery School with his sister Darina Allen in 1983.

Since then he has won Ireland’s Chef of the Year award twice, written three cookery books and presented eight series of his popular RTÉ television show How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell, which is syndicated ...