Joshua Allen,19, son of celebrity chef Rachel Allen has been remanded in custody following a hearing in Cork Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon.

The move is designed to give his defence counsel the opportunity to secure residential addiction treatment.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain remanded Mr Allen in custody until 29 November saying his response to the serious charges he was facing was "singularly unimpressive".

Judge O'Donnabhain said that the probation report had shown that the defendant "had not matured in the manner" he would expect for a person facing serious charges.

"There is no point in minimising what has happened. He has knitted his own jumper. I will not let him do that."

Earlier this year, Mr Allen with an address in Ballinmona, Shanagarry Co Cork pleaded guilty to two drugs charges at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork on 30 August, 2018.

The eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply when the market value exceeded €13,000 or more. This charge was brought contrary to Section 15 (A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Mr Allen pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine on the same occasion. This is a Section 3 Offence of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He also pleaded guilty to one other Section 3 charge at his home. The charge involves possession of cannabis on 5 September, 2018 at Ballinamona, Shanagarry, Co Cork.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mr Allen was arrested in September of last year after the controlled delivery of a parcel containing the cannabis to an address in east Cork.

Customs in Portlaoise Mail Centre had become suspicious of the parcel which had a US postmark.

Det Garda Michael O'Halloran told the court that the package was intercepted by customs in Portlaoise. It was found to contain cannabis with a street value of €22,694. A controlled delivery was arranged addressed to Joshua Allen at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The package was signed for and received by Mr Allen. Gardaí observed him opening the package and intercepted same. A small quantity of cocaine worth €66 was found to be in the wallet of the defendant.

Mr Allen was arrested and detained at Cobh Garda Station. He admitted that it was his third or fourth time engaging in such a delivery.

He co-operated fully with gardaí and told investigating officers that he secured the drugs from a female resident in California whom he met in east Cork.

He had travelled to London and paid her €2,000 in cash for the drugs.

On 5 September a further small quantity of cannabis was found at Ballinamona, Shanagarry, Co Cork. The cannabis, which was found at his home, had a street value of €203.

Siobhan Lankford, SC, representing Mr Allen said her client was without previous convictions. She acknowledged that he had shown a lack of maturity in how he had responded to the serious charges and stated that he had left school at the age of 15.

She said he had co-operated fully with gardaí.

Miss Lankford said that Allen had engaged with Arbour House for his addiction issues but had lapses in terms of his cannabis use. This she said was fairly typical in such cases.

He has also engaged with Tabor Lodge pre-entry service for residential care but has missed one or two sessions.

Ms Lankford said that Mr Allen was anxious to go in to a residential facility in order to combat addiction. In a bid to better himself, he has volunteered with a homeless service and has returned to soccer.

Judge O'Donnabhain said that Mr Allen was "exceptionally young" to be before the courts for a Section 15A offence.

He remanded him in custody until the end of the month to give his legal team an opportunity to secure residential care. Mr Allen was supported in court by his father Isaac.

In a statement last year, Rachel Allen and her husband Isaac said they were "devastated" by the arrest of their son Joshua in relation to drugs charges.

The couple issued a statement in a bid to "alleviate the frenzy of enquiry and speculation on going in relation to our son Joshua".

The couple said their son had made a "huge mistake" which would lead to "profound consequences" for him.