Claudia Roden was a Guest Chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School May 4th 2013
Claudia Roden is celebrated for her books on the foods of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy and most recently the food of Spain. Roden was born in Cairo. She went to London to study art and stayed on when her family was forced to leave Egypt after the Suez crisis in 1956. The publication of her first book, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, in 1968, is said to have revolutionised Western attitude to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa. Its influence was recognised in 1992 when she received The Glenfiddich Trophy.
She went on to write Picnic and Coffee; Mediterranean Cookery (which was accompanied by her BBC TV series); and the Food of Italy – Region by Region, which followed her Sunday Times magazine series, The Taste of Italy. Other books are the Book of Jewish Food which won 8 international awards, Claudia Roden’s Invitation to Mediterranean Cooking, Tamarind and Saffron and Arabesque.
In 2012 the Guild of Food Writers awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award