I think we have a new generation of Celebrity chiefs. None will compare with Darina Allen. She is a champion of local artisan food producers and a woman close to my heart.
I met her for the first time last year at the Harvest Festival in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.She was busy and did not have time for a chat, much to my disappointment.I gave her ‘minder’ a packet of smoked trout to give to her later. Two days later I got a hand written letter from Darina thanking me for the” lovely treat” she had on her return home that evening.I could not believe it.! What a lady and she certainly had time for a chat a few months later when she graced us with her presence at my open day here on the farm in Goatsbridge.
Alas she is unable to come to the launch of our ‘Taste of Kilkenny ‘ food trail on April 19th.She will be greatly missed but she will be with us in spirit.!!May she continue to inspire for many years to come.