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It’s extraordinary people are still interested in me, says Cotswolds’ Dame Prue Leith


Oct 6, 2022

The Great British Bake Off has returned with contestants battling it out in the tent while Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood dish out their verdicts on the star bakes and soggy bottoms.

But Dame Prue, who lives in the Cotswolds, said “it’s wonderful that people still want to employ me” at the age of 82.

Dame Prue built her career around food, first as a restaurateur and chef and later as a judge on Great British Menu, before moving to The Great British Bake Off as a judge in 2017.

On still being in demand, she told Good Housekeeping magazine: “It’s extraordinary. I thought I’d be under the sod by the time I was 82.

“It’s wonderful that people still want to employ me and people are still interested in me.

“But what I’m most pleased about is that I still have the energy and enthusiasm to do it all.”

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The South Africa-born chef joined the popular baking competition show after it moved from BBC One to Channel 4, following in the footsteps of Dame Mary Berry.

Speaking about juggling her career while raising two children, the celebrity chef said: “When I had my first child, Daniel, I took four months off and I loved it.

“I thought, ‘This is wonderful, I never want to go back.’ Four months in, with my baby as my sole companion, I suddenly thought, ‘This is not the life I want to live at all. I have to go back.’

“You have to do what’s right for you, but it doesn’t come without some feeling that you’ve not got it quite right because you’re making trade-offs all the time.”

Prue's son Danny Kruger is a Conservative MP.

Dame Prue married her second husband John Playfair in 2016.

Speaking about his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, she said: “His children call it his mobility scooter because it has two wheels at the back, so it can’t turn over – but I love it!

“We go pub-crawling around the Cotswolds, I do the drinking because I’m on the back, and it’s the loveliest.”

  • The Great British Bake Off is on Channel 4 on Tuesdays.

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