At the world-famous Cayman Cookout foodfest in the Cayman Islands in January, Top Chef’s Gail Simmons and celeb kitchen gurus José Andrés and Charlie Trotter couldn’t get enough of a certain kitchenista known as Rachel Allen — and American Public Television quickly took note. This spring, public stations across the country will air Allen’s new show, Rachel’s Favorite Food for Living, which spotlights the chef in her Cork, Ireland, kitchen doing her thing: cooking for a family (five, in her case). “The new show isn’t ‘chefy,’ ” she says.
“The preparations and dishes are for someone with little or no experience and are good for busy working moms, like me. It’s family food that adults and kids can enjoy together.” Local producers in the Munster province will be featured in episodes, as will Allen’s family-operated Ballymaloe Cookery School — which makes for a mighty fine reason to plan a trip to Ireland this summer. Set on a 100-acre organic farm, the school has visitors stay in 18th-century cottages while enrolled in a rotating culinary curriculum. www.rachelallen.co.uk