The son of renowned chef and TV presenter Rachel Allen was arrested at their family home in Cork.

Joshua Allen, the 18-year-old son of TV chef Rachel, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply them to others.

The well-known culinary star and author (46) has released a statement following the highly publicized incident.

"We are making a statement in response to, and hopefully to alleviate, the frenzy of enquiry and speculation on going in relation to our son Joshua," she said.

Joshua, the eldest child of Rachel and her husband Isaac, was arrested in possession of €30,000 (approximately $35,000) of illegal drugs according to the Irish Mirror.

"He has been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs (marihuana) with intent to supply them to others," she told the outlet.

"He has admitted his guilt immediately and co-operated fully with the Gardaí. A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and when formally charged Joshua will be pleading guilty at the first opportunity."

"We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events. Our son is eighteen years old, has never been in trouble with the Gardaí, and has made a huge mistake, which will have profound consequences for him," the mother-of-three stated.

"We do not in any way condone his actions, in fact, we utterly condemn them, but it is not for us to condemn him. We must now try to look after our son and our family, the best way we can."

"We would ask that the legal process would be allowed to proceed to deal with this matter, without interference, and that we would be allowed to deal with this, like any other parents, in a similar position," she concluded.

Joshua is the grandson of legendary Irish chef and food writer Darina Allen, and the great-grandson of Myrtle Allen who founded the iconic Ballymaloe Cookery School together in the 1960s.