The Great British Bake Off: Everything you need to know about judge Prue Leith

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Prue Leith is undoubtedly one of the biggest faces in the culinary world and a source of inspiration for many aspiring cooks. Here's a glimpse into her career and how she rose through the ranks to become a Michelin-starred chef as of today.

Dame Prudence ‘Prue’ Leith, or DBE, is well-known for her position as a judge on The Great British Bake Off at the moment. The followers of the show have been tuning in for the past four years to hear Prue and Paul Hollywood's hilarious banter, which is an indispensable side dish of the beloved cooking competition.

At age 82, Prue Leith is one of the most respectable TV personalities in British. We thought it would be wonderful to recognize her career as her dedication to the culinary world has inspired people all over the planet. Without further ado, let's take a look at her early career and how she arrived at her current position.

The Great British Bake Off: Everything you need to know about judge Prue Leith

Prue Leith's passion for culinary arts

According to Distractify, the judge left the University of Cape Town to sign up in the Sorbonne. Prue then fell in love with the culinary arts while she was living in Paris, and immediately decided that she desired to work in the food industry.

Prue came to London in 1960 to enroll at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School. Her blog states that while in school, ‘she started a business supplying high-quality business lunches, parties, and events’.

She launched her first business nine years later, combining her business management and culinary skills. Leith's, her famed Michelin-starred restaurant, was established in 1969. She owned the restaurant for 25 years before selling it.

The talented chef created Leith's School of Food and Wine in 1975 after she found commercial success with her restaurant, which ‘trains professional chefs and amateur cooks’. Prue then assisted in the establishment of the Prue Leith Chefs Academy in South Africa in 1995. It is now the country's best culinary school.

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She enjoys writing when she is not watching television or cooking. According to Distractify, Prue is a famous author who has written eight novels, three recipes, and one autobiography. She has also taken an active interest in philanthropy, serving as chair of several organizations and assisting in the implementation of various methods to enhance food teaching.

Prue was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2021 for her contributions to cuisine, radio, and charity.

Prue Leith’s net worth

Let's look into Prue's fortune. According to various accounts, her net worth is roughly $116 million as a result of her long working years in the culinary arts – and her role on GBBO.

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She worked her way up through the profession and is now one of the most influential people in the world of cuisine.

Prue Leith's family

Prue had two children with her late husband, Rayne Kruger. Their son Danny Kruger, a Conservative representative for Devizes and a former speechwriter and adviser to David Cameron, is their shared child. She and Rayne adopted their daughter Li-Da Kruger after Prue gave birth to Danny.

In an interview with The Times, Li-Da discussed her adoption and said:

‘My parents wanted an Asian child because my father had seen so many children living in poverty on his travels during the war.’

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