Prue Leith, whose actual name is Prudence Margaret Leith, is a popular media personality, broadcaster, cookbook writer, caterer and a successful restaurateur. Born in South Africa, Leith spent most of her professional life in London and in the process founded a school that catered to all the aspiring chefs. Chef Leith has also been associated with many publications as an editor and food columnist. A highly honored individual, Prue has contributed immensely not only to the catering industry but also to the education sector. The Prue Leith recipes are quite popular with most food lovers.
Professional Life of Chef Prue
Prue Leith started her professional career at the age of 20 years, when she first started the business of supplying business lunches of high quality. This venture did so well that she started a company by the name Leith’s Good Food Limited, which did a turnover of 15 million pounds within the next 35 years i.e., by 1995. After she started her catering business, Leith opened the famous restaurant Michelin Starred, followed by founding Leith’s School of Food and Wine, which was a boon to many aspiring and budding chefs wanting to go professional. Other than these, Leith has also been the editor and food columnist for a list of well known newspapers such as Daily Mail, Sunday Express, The Mirror and The Guardian.
Noteworthy Works of Chef Prue Leith
Prue Leith has a string of achievements to her credit from holding the non-executive directorships at Whitbread plc to chairing the Hoxton Apprentice and 3 Es Enterprises and the Board of Governors of Ashridge Management College.
Achievements of Chef Leith
Leith has been a recipient of many awards and has been honored with the highest possible honors. These include –
- Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year in the year 1990
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 1989
- Commander of the Army of the British Empire (CBE) as Birthday honors in the year 2010
- Recipient of seven honorary degrees and fellowships from British universities
- Chair of the School Food Trust for close to five years, from 2006 to 2010, which was a British government’s campaign to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables in schools instead of fatty foods
Popular Media Shows of Chef Leith
Leith has been the judge on the popular Great British Menu program on BBC, since the time it first started in the year 2006. Other than this, Leith has also presented many food based documentaries.
Cookbooks Written by Prue Margaret Leith
Chef Leith has written about 12 cookbooks with some of them including a range of Prue Leith recipes. Leith’s Cookery Bible is quite popular, which is just as the name suggests, a bible for all the amateur chefs.
Chef Prue Leith Trivia
Prue Leith has also authored four novels namely Leaving Patrick, A lovesome Thing, Sisters and Choral Society. The first three novels were published by penguin Books and the last novel by Quercus.