Daire Rooney

Allium Restaurant + Bar, Great Barrington, MA

Chef Daire Rooney developed a passion for cooking at a young age and was lured by the excitement of the kitchen. She began her restaurant career at the age of 12, starting out as a busser and dishwasher and soon moved into the kitchen and continued to follow her passion. 
In 2000, Daire became the personal chef and head of household to actress Meryl Streep and family. Daire relocated to Amenia, NY, in 2006 to begin planning the opening of De La Vergne Restaurant as executive chef. In July of 2007, she took the position of executive chef at Brix Wine Bar, a 40-seat French bistro in Pittsfield, Mass. In high season of 2010, Daire worked as catering chef with Mezze Catering and in the fall of 2010, she took the position as lead chef at the Augusta National Golf Club, Home of the Masters Tournament, where she started the Greenhouse Program.
In fall of 2012, Daire returned to the Berkshires as chef of Allium and is excited to have access to farms and food producers and create a seasonal menu that reflects the region. She is devoted to using locally grown foods and heirloom ingredients and her cooking reflects both her Italian heritage and French training.

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