Food dynasty set to enter fourth generation as Rachel Allen confirms her kids love cooking
CELEBRITY chef Rachel Allen has revealed the famous Cork culinary dynasty is set to enter its fourth generation with two of her children entranced by cooking thanks to her new restaurant.
Rachel's husband, Isaac, is the grandson of Ballymaloe founder, Myrtle Allen, and the son of Darina Allen.
While Rachel has now effectively become the face of Ballymaloe thanks to her hit TV food programmes and her best-selling cookery books, the Ballymaloe operation is very much a family enterprise.
The mother-of-three opened her first restaurant, Rachel's, in Cork city centre earlier this year and has now revealed that her children adore helping out.
"Josh my son has been working in the kitchen here," she told RedFM Business.
"Now he has gone back to the farm in Ballymaloe. I think he was missing the farm a bit."
"I don't know whether it will be him or maybe our daughter Scarlet (entering the cookery business)."
"Scarlet is eight and her teacher said to me just after the launch: I heard what Scarlet said about not being able to make it to school very much anymore."
"I said: 'What do you mean?' She said, oh she is going to be busy working in the restaurant. It was very funny."
Despite her culinary credentials, Rachel had never operated her own restaurant before opening her new outlet on Washington Street.
She admitted she changed her mind about not opening her own restaurant when she fell in love with the available premises space when shown it by her husband last year.
"Everyone has been really supportive," she said.
Rachel stressed that she was also overwhelmed by messages of support from other restaurant owners in Cork.
"I really hope I am not stepping on anyone's toes."
"I wanted to create our own unique space here," she said.
Rachel admitted she took enormous pride in her new venture getting the thumbs up not only from Darina and Myrtle Allen but also from her own mother.
"It was really lovely - on the opening night my own mum got the train down from Dublin just to be here."