'I just need to learn to not engage when I've had a glass of wine!' - Rachel Allen on tackling trolls
Celebrity chef Rachel Allen might be of one of Ireland's most recognisable faces - from her work at Ballymaloe cookery school and beaming into our television screens on RTE - but a thick skin doesn't always come with the territory.
Allen (46), who has been a staple in Ireland's lifestyle sector for nearly two decades, said she sometimes caves to the public criticism on social media, but is still learning the best way to cope with such scrutiny.
"In a perfect world, if you're in the public, you have a very thick skin but I'm not that kind of person. I'm probably a bit sensitive and unfortunately sometimes on social media, it's less constructive criticism but that's just a part of life. I just need to learn to not engage when I've had a glass of wine," she told Irish Country Magazine.
"A couple of times I got really upset and engaged and answered people back on Twitter and that's probably not a good idea. I don't really get why people do it, I would never comment negatively on anyone, but I suppose we're different."
When asked about staying healthy while practicing her passion for food, Allen applies a balanced approach to her diet and lifestyle.
"If our food isn't good and nutriious, we're not going to feel good physically or emotionally. But I do believe that if you're going to have a brownie,make some delicious brownies, make those the best brownies ever. Maybe don't eat the whole lot in one go but enjoy every single bit of it," she expalined.
"And then make sure you get out for a walk, have some salad or vegetables - balance it all out."
Rachel has been married to her husband Isaac for 20 years and the couple have three children together and she always makes time for her family.
"I need balance in my day and my week, whether it's a quick run on the beach with the dog, or catching up with girlfriends, or going for a pint with my husband to recalibrate my head...It's the little things that keep me sane."