The temperatures were plummeting when we set off to Corbyto spend an evening with Prue Leith. But despite the chill outside, Prue brought along a lot of warmth to the evening as she gave us a glimpse of her eventful life. She was a very natural speaker and romped through her South African childhood under apartheid, her passion for food, her relationships, and the adoption of her Cambodian daughter. She enthralled us all with many amusing anecdotes from different episodes in her career – from the cat ID tag in the trifle to the “bomb” package at the newspaper desk due to an error regarding quantities in a recipe!
My knowledge of Prue before the evening was that she is a restaurateur, caterer, TV cook, broadcaster, cookery writer and of course, judge on The Great British Menu. What I found out on the evening was that she is a very passionate woman with steel determination and ambition; an astute business woman.
Prue has also had an active career in charity and not-for-profit businesses, being a campaigner for good food and teaching schoolchildren to cook – in fact she had been teaching sixth formers at the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northamptonearlier that day. She is also the driving force behind the Fourth Plinth Project – the temporary display of artworks on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. And she writes novels!
I am really looking forward to reading my signed copy of her memoir “Relish” (even if her editors cut out her many references to her “hobby horses”) to find out more about the life of this stylish, bossy but charismatic Septuagenarian.
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