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Dame Prue Leith

Popular judge of The Great British Bake Off, Dame Prue Leith, is also an award winning business woman and outstanding speaker.

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Celebrity chef Prue is one of the country’s leading culinary authorities.  The popular C4 Great British Bake Off judge is renowned for her formidable business acumen.  She is a past winner of The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. 


Television includes My Kitchen Rules UK for Channel 4. Prue has also featured as one of the judges on the BBC’s successful series Great British Menu followed by Best Of British. She also made the acclaimed C4 documentary Journey With My Daughter in 2020. In 2021 she began fronting the Channel 4 series, Cook Clever, Waste Less, together with Dr Rupy Aujla.


Prue is the founder of Leith’s cookery school, which has seen many thousands of students pass through its doors. She has been deeply involved in food in education, starting and chairing the charity Focus on Food, which promotes cooking in the curriculum, and the Hoxton Apprentice. This is a not-for-profit restaurant training the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed young people. Prue was the Chair of the School Food Trust, which was largely responsible for the improvement in school food. Subsequently she is now Patron of Let’s Get Cooking, part of the Children’s Food Trust. She is also Patron of the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy in her native South Africa.

Prue has been a non-executive director of British Rail, Safeway, Halifax, Woolworths, Omega, Whitbread and Belmond (formerly Orient Express Hotels).  She is also a director of two start-up companies, one an organic baby food and the other an on-line publishing company.

Prue was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021.


Prue is also the published author of five works of fiction and a biography ‘Relish: My Life on a Plate’, which can be added to her impressive list of numerous cookery books. Her latest cook book is ‘The Vegetarian Kitchen’ written with her niece Peta Leith in 2020.  She has previously been the cookery correspondent for The Daily Mail, Sunday Express and The Guardian.

Feedback includes

“I was fortunate to be at the Railway Museum Dinner last year where the great Prue Leith gave a brill speech about her time as the first woman on BR’s board. The men reviled her, until suddenly you could travel at 125mph on this fantastically designed train & have a decent meal.” Tim Dunn, Travel Editor Train Line.

“Prue Leith’s AGM speech was incredible. What a lovely, and formidable woman.” Jo Cartwright, Physician Associate NNUH.

Great gala dinner and barnstorming speech from the great Prue Leith.” Hospitality Today at The Master Innholders Conference.

“Prue Leith was a brilliant moderator at today’s Open University ‘bridging the digital divide’ event to celebrate 50 years of the OU.” The Baroness Morrissey DBE.

“Really Inspirational.” National Skills Academy.

“Fantastic event today with Prue Leith at QMU celebrating women in business. Our panel of start-up businesses held an interesting discussion, it was fascinating to hear from Prue about business!” East Lothian Council’s Business Gateway.

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