Allen the accidental face of Dutch dating website

Rachel Allen: 'Standing there looking invitingly.'

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen has revealed her surprise at finding her face featured on a Dutch dating website.

She said yesterday that she burst out laughing when her husband Isaac rang her to tell her the site had her photo on its webpage, but she was less pleased to find out she was in the over-40s section.

Rachel, 41, stressed on the Ray D’Arcy Show that her photograph was posted “by mistake” and without her permission but she is taking the gaffe in good humour.

“It is a hoot,” she said.

“Someone sent us an email to say just to give [me] the heads-up that my photograph was on a Dutch dating website. And it is.

“I’m standing there looking a wee bit provocative. Fully clothed obviously but I’m standing there looking invitingly.

“I’m in the 40-plus section which I’m not very happy about. It was taken three or four years ago so I wasn’t 40-plus then.”

Bizarrely, Rachel was told she would have to join the site to get her picture taken down.

“I’m trying to get my picture down but I have to join the website to be able to talk to them,” she said.

“I just can’t get any communication going.”

She said she is baffled as to why she was chosen to be the face of that section, which makes reference to women online in Dublin.

She said: “The only bit I understood was the 40-plusers. My mother is Icelandic and then I’m a bit Norwegian as well because her mother is Norwegian.”


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