PRUE Leith has proved a big hit on the judging panel of The Great British Bake Off since joining the show in 2017.
Here’s what we know about the woman behind the cookery books and when you can catch her next on TV.
How did Prue Leith become famous?
Prue Leith is a restaurateur, cookery writer and television presenter.
She was born in South Africa on February 18, 1940.
She noted in her Life So Far that she was inspired to cook by a woman she worked for as an au pair in France.
The budding chef then decided to learn to cook at the Cordon Bleu in London.
Starting her career catering for high-class business lunches, Leith worked her way up to opening her own restaurant, Leith’s, that was eventually awarded a Michelin star.
During her cooking career, she opened Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 1974 – selling it almost 20 years later.
Prue has been recognised around the world for her contributions to the cooking world.
She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1989, and was awarded as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010.
Which shows has Prue Leith been on?
In 2017, Prue signed on to become a judge on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off, after it moved over from BBC.
Before this she was a judge on Great British Menu for a whopping 10 years (2006-2016) while also juggling the same position on My Kitchen Rules between 2014 and 2017.
Prue has also been a regular on ITV’s This Morning where she’s used the platform to educate people on a healthier diet and yummy cooking recipes.
What is Prue Leith’s net worth?
Prue’s long career has involved running her own business, books and obviously her TV work.
She is thought to have earned three times more than Mary Berry when she took over her position on the revamped Great British Bake Off.
The veteran telly cook, 79, was said to have signed a deal with Channel 4 worth around £200,000 for the series.
It dwarfs the £70,000 both Mary, 81, and co-judge Paul Hollywood, 51, commanded for the show under the BBC.
The savvy TV personality is no stranger to a lucrative deal.
When she sold off her food interests in 1995, her culinary group’s turnover was £15million, according to Spears.
Did Prue Leith spoil The Great British Bake Off final in 2017?
Around 12 hours before the GBBO final on October 31, 2017, Prue shocked fans by appearing to ruin the result of the series finale by congratulating the winner.
Prue Leith was in Bhutan when she did the tweet and blamed the time difference behind the reason why she “f***** up”.
She expressed regret after accidentally revealing the winner, saying: “I’m in too much of a state to talk about it.”
Is Prue Leith married?
While she has had a whirlwind cooking career, Prue was also married to author Rayne Kruger, with the pair having two children together.
The couple were married for almost 40 years before Kruger’s death.
In her memoir, Relish: My Life on a Plate, Prue revealed certain secrets from her past, including her 13-year affair with Rayne, who was her mother’s best friend’s husband.
Speaking on This Morning about her decision to write an autobiography she said: “I thought long and hard about it. I knew there would be a bit in it that people thought were shocking.
“But I thought if I’m going to write it, it has to be true. If it was interesting, even if it was controversial, I would put it in. Most people remember things differently. I put what I remember.”
After marrying John Playfair in 2016, the TV chef said she “feels like a teenager again” due to her thriving sex life with her husband, seven years her junior.
What books has Prue Leith written?
Prue has written a number of fiction and non-fiction books, all centred around cooking.
Some of her fiction books include The Food of Love trilogy, as well as The Gardener.
Her other cookbooks include Leith’s How to Cook, Leith’s Cookery Bible and Leith’s Techniques Bible.
One of her biggest achievements is simply maintaining her love for cooking.
On her website, she writes: “I love cooking, the doing of it… I still like experimenting and trying stuff and eating things I’ve never eaten before.”
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When is The Great British Bake Off 2019 on TV?
The Great British Bake Off 2019 will return TONIGHT (September 3, 2019) at 8pm on Channel 4.
The show will run for a total of 10 consecutive weeks.
The final is likely to be on November 5, 2019 – but this is still to be confirmed.
If you miss the episode you can catch it on Channel 4+1 or the All 4.