There are two Leith’s chef schools. One is Leith's School of Food and Wine, which Caroline Waldegrave and I set up in 1975. I sold it to Caroline and her friend Christopher Bland in 1995 and it is still, I think, the best school in the country. We opened it originally in 1975 in Notting Hill Gate, moved it a few years later to a beautiful building in St Alban's Grove behind Kensington High Street, and then, after I sold it, they moved again, this time to more spacious accommodation in Chiswick. In 2014 they won Best UK Cookery School -- not bad after 39 years with some amazing new rivals to beat. I have never heard anyone, not even students that have failed their course, say they did not enjoy it and learn a lot. www.leiths.com
The other school is the Prue Leith Chef's Academy in South Africa, set up in 1997, which consists of a chef school, a party and event catering business and a public restaurant, all manned by apprentice chefs in training. They also send students to the Alma catering college in Italy. I go to South Africa regularly for a week to check up on the place, and I have to say I am very proud of it. In 2014 they opened a new building with state-of-the-art teaching kitchens, demonstration theatres and conference rooms and wherever I go in South Africa, I see young chefs proudly wearing the Prue Leith Chef's Academy white jackets. It doesn't half give me a big ego-buzz.
Click here to read more on Prue Leith's Academy.