PRUE Leith is a well known face on the Great British Bake Off, since taking over from Mary Berry.
But before she was a judge on the hit Channel 4 show, she enjoyed a very successful career as a celebrity cook.
How old is Prue Leith?
Prue Leith, 80, is a restaurateur, cookery writer and television presenter.
She was born in South Africa on February 18, 1940.
She said 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.
How did Prue Leith become famous?
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.
The writer is good friends with former GBBO judge Mary Berry and she tried to pay tribute to her pal when she first joined the show, but producers didn't allow it.
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 was said to have signed a deal with Channel 4 worth around £200,000 per series.
It dwarfs the £70,000 both Mary and co-judge Paul Hollywood 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.
Prue is believed to have a personal wealth of £2million.
What TV 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.
Who is Prue Leith's husband?
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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