The Great British Bake Off is back on TV tonight while Prue Leith returns as a judge.
Fellow judge Paul Hollywood may have made the most of the headlines over the years with his ever-changing personal life.
But Dame Prue would have let him fight for his money in her prime.
We’ll come to that, but first let’s look back at her career.
Who is Prue Leith?
Prue was born in South Africa on February 18, 1940, making her 81 (2021).
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She said she was inspired by a woman she worked for as an au pair in France.
She later left France to fulfill her dream of learning to cook at Cordon Bleu in London.
What happened in your career
Prue is a restaurateur, cookbook author and celebrity chef on television.
She started her career catering for high class business lunches.
Prue worked her way up to open her own restaurant, Leith’s, in the late 1960s and was later awarded a Michelin star.
During her cooking career, she opened Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 1974 and sold it 20 years later.
It is now known as Leith’s Academy and runs a variety of courses for aspiring chefs.
After being so sought after as a television cook, Prue sold all of her outside food interests in 1995.
Her culinary group had a turnover of £ 15 million at the time.
What is Prue’s net worth?
Through her stores, books, and television businesses, Prue is said to be worth more than £ 2 million.
And Bake Off is helping your fortune grow.
She took over from Mary Berry when the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017.
And her deal is said to be three times that of her good friend Mary.
The veteran television chef is said to have signed a contract for £ 200,000 per series at the time The sun.
And she’s likely negotiated healthy raise since then.
It dwarfs the £ 70,000 that both Mary and Paul reportedly ordered for the show under the BBC.
When was Prue Leith made lady?
Prue became Dame Prue Leith at this year’s birthday celebrations and was named Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE).
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She was named OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2010 for her services to food, broadcasting and charity.
But she’s not as primitive and decent as some fans might think.
Was Prue Leith in an orgy?
In her 2017 memoir Relish, Prue wrote about going to sex parties when she was living in Paris.
In Relish, she described a party she went to with a friend named ‘Pierre’.
“One room was carpeted and young butts went up and down like inflatables,” she said.
“It was an organized orgy and we were the only people wearing any clothes.”
Her friend Pierre undressed and Prue realized that she would be “less noticeable” if she did the same.
She said, “I spent the next two hours walking purposefully from room to room.
“I tried to look like I was having a sexual rendezvous in the next room, or on my way to the bar or bathroom, and dodged the men patrolling the party.”
Is Prue married and does she have children?
Prue tied the knot with John Playfair in 2016. She was previously married to Rayne Kruger from 1974 to 2002.
Prue has two children – son MP Danny Kruger, 46, and daughter Li-Da Kruger.
Star and former husband Rayne – who died in 2002 – adopted Li-Da in the mid-1970s when she was one.
When will The Great British Bake Off be on TV?
Now just wait a minute – the new series will air on channel 4 at 8 p.m. tonight.
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