Rachel Allen launches Killymard cookbook

Community recipes unveiled

By Eamonn McFadden


By Eamonn McFadden




Chef Rachel Allen (right) and her assistant, Florrie Cullinane, at the launch of Killymard Parish's new fundraising 'A Donegal Cook Book'.

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen has helped launch Killymard Parish's new fundraising cookery book.

Almost 500 people turned up at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town on Wednesday evening to see one of Ireland’s best known TV chefs, Rachel Allen, launch the latest addition to the country's culinary canon.

A Donegal Cook Book’ was produced by members of one of the Raphoe Diocese smallest parishes, Killymard. Parishioners contributed all of the recipes in the new book and all the proceeds will go to Killymard Parish Church.

Hundreds of copies were snapped up on the night by an enthusiastic audience, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Derry.

Rachel cooked a three course meal, which was later raffled to raise funds. She prepared a starter of pea and mint soup, with soda focaccia. The main course was baked turbot, served with a champagne and shallot sauce and julienne of vegetables. To finish she made a spectacular pear tart, which had the audience – including local Rector David Huss –  drooling.

The planned 20-minute interval lasted much longer than expected – such was the demand to buy copies of the new book. Audience members queued for almost an hour to get their copies signed by the celebrity chef.

The cookery book was the brainchild of Killymard parishioner Mandy Ellis, who studied at Ballymaloe House Cookery School. Archdeacon Huss thanked her for having the vision to encourage her fellow parishioners to “do something big for a change”.