Myrtle Allen, an award-winning chef who founded Ballymaloe cookery school, has died.
Mrs Allen, who passed on her culinary skills to daughter-in-law Darina, died peacefully at Cork University Hospital yesterday, surrounded by her family. She was 94.
She was the first Irish woman to be awarded a Michelin star, in 1975, and ran an Irish restaurant in Paris.
Myrtle Allen passed away peacefully at Cork University Hospital on Wednesday 13th June, surrounded by her family. pic.twitter.com/F6Yzhqd2rn— Ballymaloe House (@Ballymaloe) June 13, 2018
Many people have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the food pioneer.
Mrs Allen was one the most important individual creative talents in the history of the Irish state. She inspired everyone she met. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to make this short film with her five years ago about her work. RIP MyrtleAllen https://t.co/oCDLwcG0U8— John & Sally McKenna (@McKennasGuides) June 13, 2018
Myrtle Allen, doyenne of Irish food and a truly remarkable woman, has died. Very sad news indeed.— Tom Doorley (@tomdoorley) June 13, 2018
The word legend gets used far too easily however it is the only word to describe Myrtle Allen. She leaves behind a legacy #rip— Firehouse Bakery (@firehousebread) June 13, 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear that Myrtle Allen has died. She saw the greatness of what was on her doorstep, the best of local Irish produce, & served it with great care to let it shine. She was a leader. We are very lucky that she led us, and changed our attitudes to our food.— Caitríona Mc Bride (@caitrionamcb) June 13, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Blue Book founder Myrtle Allen, who passed away this morning surrounded by her loved ones. Our thoughts are with her family at this time... pic.twitter.com/m098zNEqdg— Ireland's Blue Book (@IrelandBlueBook) June 13, 2018
Saddened to hear of the passing of Myrtle Allen, as a child I accompanied my dad on deliveries to Ballymaloe. A total lady. May she rest in peace.— S. P. Hunt ⛵️⚒ (@TheSpoonDigger) June 13, 2018
Our thoughts are with all at @Ballymaloe today.
Myrtle Allen was such an inspiration to so many.
Thank you for everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/enij5VuEuN— Hello East Cork (@helloeastcork) June 13, 2018