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Getting Dressed: Perfectly prudent

Regulars | By Brigid Keenan | December 2017

As a food tycoon and ‘Bake Off’ star, Prue Leith smartened up her act 

Oh dear! No sooner had I finished writing about Jossy Dimbleby for last month’s Oldie than I realised that The Great British Bake Off was ending and I had to interview Prue Leith. ‘Too many cooks’ you might say, but I don’t think so. The only thing these two share, aside from their culinary skills, is a penchant for bright colours. Leith was born in South Africa in 1940. She was sent to Paris, where she did a university course and earned money as an au pair; and where she first became interested in food – and clothes. As a teenager, Leith had worn ‘what my mother called “bottom-of-the-pond” colours, dark and dingy. She had a pink ballgown made for my first school dance and I threw a sickie rather than wear it.’ In 1969, Leith moved to London and, with a Cordon Bleu cookery course behind her, Leith started...

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