Saturday Kitchen’s Rachel Allen reveals that her fame has been difficult for her son who went to prison
Saturday Kitchen star Rachel Allen has broken her silence after son Joshua, 21, was jailed for 30 months for drugs.
Rachel – who is a regular on the BBC’s cooking show – told the Independent that her fame was hard for her son to live with, saying it’s ‘really hard’ growing up in the spotlight.
The mother of three went on to say she feels ‘guilty’ as children, Joshua, 21, Lucca, 18, and Scarlett, 12, who she shares with husband Isaac, couldn’t grow up out of the public eye as their lives were ‘much more commented on’ is.
‘It’s hard’: Rachel Allen first discussed how her fame affected her son Joshua, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for drug charges
She explained, ‘I didn’t do anything like that to break the law, but I was able to grow up in private. And so you know what … it’s hard. And it has actually been very tough. ‘
She revealed that she was touched by the kindness of those who contact her and added, ‘You know how many people have written to me and sent letters and cards and prayers and religious medals … I could get emotional now just but thinking. ‘
The celebrity chef’s eldest son was sentenced to 30 months in jail, which was suspended half-probation after being guilty of two charges against drugs in 2018 at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland.
Joshua was caught with nearly £ 19,000 worth of cannabis at the world-renowned cooking school, which was founded by his grandmother Darina Allen.
Drug complaint: Joshua Allen photographed exiting Cork Circuit Criminal Court with his father Issac Allen (L) in September 2019 after being caught with nearly £ 19,000 worth of cannabis
He pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply of the drug at the school in Shanagarry, County Cork and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Joshua was taken to court from Cuain Mhuire rehabilitation center where he was receiving treatment.
Judge Sean O’Donnabháin heard how he had made a genuine effort to address his problems at the residential drug addiction treatment center.
According to his attorney, Joshua had completed a 12-week treatment program and was left with an excellent report on his progress in addressing his addiction problems.
Healing: Joshua was taken to court from Cuain Mhuire rehabilitation center where he was receiving treatment (pictured with Rachel in 2014 during a charity trip to India)
Reportedly, the schoolboy had been under Garda’s surveillance for quite some time when the drugs arrived at the cooking school from the US.
The package, labeled “clothing,” was discovered by customs officers at the Portlaoise postal center, who then notified Gardaí of the suspicious package they had found.
After Allen signed and opened the package at Ballymaloe Cookery School, he was arrested by gardai of the Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau in a raid on County Cork.
Fame: Rachel revealed she feels ‘guilty’ that Joshua and her other two children Lucca, 18 (L) and Scarlett, 12 (R), couldn’t grow up out of the public eye
Judge O’Donnabhain was told that the teenager had initially approached the case with a degree of ‘stupidity’ and tested positive once during legal proceedings for the use of cannabis.
The judge said, “Hey [Joshua] did it for profit, ”he said. “His guilt in this is significant.”
Rachel told the Irish Daily Mail at the time: “He immediately admitted his guilt and cooperated fully with the gardaí. We are absolutely devastated by this turn of events,
‘Our son is 18 years old, has never had any problems with the gardaí and has made a big mistake that will have serious consequences for him.
“We do not condone his actions in any way. In fact, we condemn them utterly, but it is not up to us to condemn him. We must now try to provide the best possible care for our son and family. ‘
‘Our son made a big mistake’: Rachel said she utterly condemned Joshua’s actions, but that she should try to provide the best possible care for her son and family (pictured in 2014)
Rachel met her husband Isaac Allen when they were both 17 years old in Ballymaloe in 1989.
The couple married and welcomed three children – Joshua, 21, Lucca, 18, and Scarlett, 12 – they celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in October.
Rachel has previously credited her husband for her success, she told the Irish Times: “I absolutely wouldn’t do what I do without him; he has more of a business mind. ‘
While Isaac added, ‘It’s not just that she’s very beautiful and super intelligent. There is something much deeper: there is the support you get from just being with someone and I have felt that very much about her from the very beginning and up to this day. ‘
Rachel also spoke about their working relationship on RTE Guide, saying, ‘We usually work really well together. However, I think if we were chefs in a kitchen together, that might be different.
“He’s probably quieter and more reserved than I am in a way. I like to chat with everyone, I would talk to the wall. But it’s a good balance that works, thank goodness. ‘
Lovely: Rachel met her husband Isaac Allen when they were both 17 years old in Ballymaloe in 1989 and they celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in October