The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast: #103 Prue Leith CBE on NHS Food, Apartheid and Living Life with Purpose

On the show today we have probably one of the best known faces in the culinary industry in the UK today – Prue Leith CBE. 

Prue is probably best known for her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, but she has such a varied and interesting life. 


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  • She grew up in apartheid South Africa and witnessed her mother struggle in her campaign against the injustice. 
  • She found her love of food and fashion in Paris
  • She’s started a successful restaurant and cookery school business
  • She’s led a campaign for contemporary sculpture to be exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square
  • She’s an author with 8 novels as well as 14 cookery books to her name
  • She adopted a child from war torn Cambodia in the 70s

And more  more recently has championed better nutrition in schools and become an advisor for the Government’s Hospital Food Review. 

A wealth of experience and at 81, there is no stopping her. Her autobiography “Relish” is a  must- read  and you must watch  her documentary with her daughter Li-Da. It’s  one of the most  touching documentaries I have ever seen.

Please enjoy my conversation with Prue, somebody  I’m privileged to call a supporter of my mission to help people eat and live better through food and also a good friend.

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