Ballymaloe Cookery School
A class taught by Rachel Allen (granddaughter-in-law of Myrtle, Ireland's Giada De Laurentiis) in a loftlike demonstration kitchen in Ballymaloe Cookery School, 20 miles outside Cork City. Allen is a superb teacher, eloquent and confident, attentive to variations, and mindful of the rapport between an old recipe and its modern interpretation. She made a staple food as rustic and homespun as bread seem contemporary.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.