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Family's tribute as chef Myrtle Allen passes away aged 94

Myrtle Allen (right) with 'Murder She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury
Myrtle Allen (right) with 'Murder She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury

By Geraldine Gittens

Irish chef Myrtle Allen has died aged 94, her family has confirmed.

Mrs Allen passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a short battle with pneumonia at Cork University Hospital yesterday.

Her daughter-in-law Darina Allen said: "What a legacy she has left. She hadn't been well for a few days but she had been keeping very well before that.

"Everyone loved her, all her staff are heartbroken. You hear so much about restaurant kitchens now and what goes on.

"She always had a very high standard, but no one in our kitchen ever raised their voice or used swear words. That was the kind of person she was."

Mrs Allen had a 50-year long career as chef, hotelier and restaurateur, at the world-famous Ballymaloe House, Cork.

She was the first Irish woman to be awarded a Michelin Star, which she held from 1994-1997.

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