Prudence Margaret "Prue" Leith, CBE (born 18 February 1940) is a restaurateur, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster and cookery writer. She was born in South Africa, with her working life spent mostly in London.
Her father Sam worked for a subsidiary of ICI that produced dynamite for use in mines and became a director. From the age of five until she was 17 she attended St Mary's School, Waverley; an Anglican independent private boarding school for girls in Johannesburg run by nuns.
In 1960, Leith started a business supplying high quality business lunches, which grew to become Leith's Good Food, the party and event caterer. In 1969, she opened Leith's, her famous Michelin starred restaurant. In 1975 she founded Leiths School of Food and Wine which trains amateur and professional chefs. The group reached a turnover of £15m in 1993, when she sold all but the restaurant which she sold in 1995. She has been a cookery editor and food columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, The Guardian and The Mirror. Aside from cookery books, including Leith's Cookery Bible, she has written five novels: Leaving Patrick, Sisters, A Lovesome Thing (all published by Penguin Books), Choral Society and A Serving of Scandal (published by Quercus).. She was also part of the Consumer Debt Working Group that contributed to the Conservative Party's 2006 policy document "Breakdown Britain".
From November 2006 to January 2010, she was chair of the School Food Trust, the British government's campaign to replace foods high in salt, sugar and fat with freshly cooked, healthy food, a job she described as the most important of her long career. She has been a judge on the BBC television programme Great British Menu since the series' inception in 2006.
Prue has two children, a son and a daughter. Her daughter, Li-Da Kruger (a Cambodian adoptee), is a filmmaker. Leith's son, Danny Kruger, left his job as speechwriter and advisor to David Cameron to start an arts charity (Only Connect), working with prisoners and ex-offenders, with his wife, Emma.
Prue is a Patron of Dignity in Dying.
- Profile of Prue Leith at Debrett's online
- Daily Mail Femail School Photo Interview. Retrieved 23 November 2013
- Guardian article.Prue Leith (20 January 2010). "Prue Leith's departing words as steps down from the School Food Trust". school Food Trust. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- News article about honorary degree from City University
- News Article about Leith's honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University
- Article about Leith's honorary degree from the University of Warwick
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 2010.
- "How I fell for Prue at the age of 78: Dean Clough's Sir Ernest Hall opens his heart". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Prue Leith Chefs Academy and Catering, South Africa
- Leiths School of Food and Wine
- Author page at Penguin UK
- Podcast interview with Prue Leith On the occasion of her being awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Warwick in January 2013