To celebrate International Women’s Day we decided to blog about women in the cooking world who inspired and continue to inspire millions today. All those mentioned loved cooking so much it drove them to change industries and attitudes.
Rachel is an inspirational chef, who turned cooking into a holistic experience and captured the heart of critics and fans around the world. Her love of food preparation took her to Paris where she opened her own restaurant in her personal flat, preparing all of her meals in a tiny space called the Little Paris Kitchen. She put her videos on YouTube and became an overnight success.
Rachel Helen Allen is an Irish celebrity chef, known for her work on television and as a writer. Being brought up n Dublin, she left at the age of 18 to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. After graduating she worked in the restaurant kitchen at Ballymaloe House, then returned to work at the cookery school where she continues to teach each week. Rachel wrote many cooking books and appears on TV frequently. Rachel’s first book, Rachel’s Favourite Food, was published in 2004 alongside a television series of the same name. A prolific author, she has published a wide range of popular cookbooks, including Bake, Easy Meals, Cake, Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen, and most recently All Things Sweet each with an accompanying television series. Rachel’s books have sold in excess of 1 million worldwide. Her popular television series for RTE and the BBC have been broadcast internationally in 27 different countries.
Darina Allen established Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983 with her brother. She is the author of over 10 books and presenter on 6 Television series, her main passion and her daily task is to impart her knowledge to the students at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. A tireless ambassador for Irish food both at home and abroad, Darina has been instrumental in setting up the Farmers’ Market Movement in Ireland. Slow Food is a passion for her, and she is the councillor for Ireland in the Slow Food Movement and President of East Cork Convivium of Slow Food. Through the East Cork Educational Fund, she runs a programme for local primary schools to help local children learn about food from garden to plate.
Rachael has created a very successful career as an iconic TV personality, author of several bestselling cookbooks and magazine editor. Her simple homemade 30-minute meal recipes show women and men around the world how to create delicious and healthy family dinners. Again, the secret to making an impact anywhere is having the confidence to bring your own style and experience to the table.
Do you have a passion for cooking? Are there any other famous female chefs who have inspired you in your life? Let us know!