Prue Leith on her passion for cooking and the importance of food provenance

  • 14.02.2024
  • Podcast

For this episode of the SFT podcast, Patrick Holden travelled to the Cotswolds to catch up with Dame Prue Leith – renowned restaurateur, cook, novelist and judge on the hugely popular Great British Bake Off.

Prue recounts the incredible life she has led, from growing up in South Africa during apartheid, to living in France where she discovered her passion for cooking.

Prue and Patrick’s far-ranging discussion takes in everything from the value of cooking from scratch and the insidious rise of ultra-processed foods to the importance of connecting chefs with the provenance of their ingredients and the role of economics in enabling widescale uptake of organic and regenerative farming methods.

Prue Leith’s Cotswold Kitchen launches on ITV1 and ITVX on Saturday 24th February, and you can find out more about her autobiography I’ll Try Anything Once here.

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“What got me into food was the French because they’re all obsessed with food – everybody talks about it. When I was growing up you didn’t talk about it – it was rather vulgar, like you didn’t talk about money or sex or politics, or any of the interesting things!”
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