Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Rachel is now a busy TV chef, author, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe.
Rachel is the author of six bestselling cookbooks, and has sold in excess of one million books worldwide. Her most recent book sold a quarter of a million copies in the first six months. Her extremely popular television series for RTE and the BBC have been broadcast internationally in 33 different countries and she frequently appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. Attracting two million viewers on the BBC, her TV series is also the highest ever rated show on The Good Food Channel in the UK. Rachel is also a main presenter of the BBC’s Good Food Channel flagship program, Market Kitchen.
She made her American public television debut in May 2010 with her internationally known lifestyle series Rachel’s Favorite Food at Home. In support of her U.S. premiere and the launch of the companion cookbook of the same name, she has appeared on NBC’s Today show and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Her charming manner and effortless style make her a delight to watch. Rachel writes a weekly column in The Mail on Sunday Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Olive, Delicious, BBC Good Food Magazine and Food and Wine, among others. Rachel's style of cooking is above all practical - simple but delicious food, ideal for family and friends. Her influences are both regional and global.
Rachel has also designed a hugely successful range of homeware products. The BBC described her as an "Irish cooking queen" and Good Food Magazine believes she "has put Irish cooking on the map in recent years." Rachel has a devoted fan base both in the UK and Ireland, and the popularity of her television programs continues to rise.
Rachel lives in her seaside home on the farm in Ballymaloe in County Cork with her husband Isaac, sons Lucca and Joshua, daughter Scarlett and their dog Buddy.