The School Food Trust was set up in 2005 by the Department for Education and Skills (now the Department for Education) to promote the education and health of children and young people by improving the quality of food supplied and consumed in schools.
In 1960, Prue started a business supplying quality business lunches, which grew to become Leith'sGood Food Limited.
In 1975 she founded Leiths School of Food and Wine which trains amateur and professional chefs.She chairs The Hoxton Apprentice and 3Es Enterprises and has received many honours, including the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in 1990, and seven honorary degrees or fellowships from UK universities.
Prue is a judge on the BBC television programme Great British Menu and from 2006 to 2010 was chair of the School Food Trust.
Prue founded the Leith's Good Food Group, Leith's Restaurant and Leith's School of Food and Wine.She has been a food columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, the Guardian and the Daily Mirror, has written 12 cookbooks (and five novels) and is a judge on the BBC's Great British Menu.Prue has been deeply involved in promoting healthy school food, establishing and chairing Focus on Food and the Hoxton Apprentice.
Prue has been a non-executive director of British Rail, Safeway plc, Halifax plc, Woolworths and Whitbread plc.Prue is currently on the Belmond (formally Orient Express Hotels) board.
She has also been Chair of the Restaurant Association and of the School Food Trust and a board member of Slow Food UK.
Being a trustee of the Food Education Foundation is a natural fit, as Prue, like Catherine has always believed in the importance of educating young people and their families about food and cooking.
Prue LeithPrue Leith is the Chair of the School Food Trust.She built her reputation after founding three renowned companies - catering firm Leith's Good Food, Michelin starred restaurant Leith's and Leith's School of Food and Wine - in the 1960s and 1970s, which eventually employed 500 people and turned over £15million a year when she sold them in 1995.
She previously chaired The Focus on Food Campaign, and the British Food Trust.
A food columnist for four national newspapers between 1969 and 1998, she has written 12 cookbooks, including the best selling Leith's Cookery Bible, and presented television shows and documentaries.
She believes: "This is the most important job I have ever had."
The inaugural, highly entertaining speaker will be author, restaurateur and TV cookery judge Prue Leith CBE.
Prue will be speaking about her many interests - food, business, education and writing, which have led to a varied career - as well as her latest novel, The Food of Love: Laura's Story, which is released in paperback in March.
"Prue Leith is a fascinating woman, with a varied and successful career in several fields and I am assured she is very amusing too, so I think our guests will be in for a treat."
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ABOUT PRUE - Prue Leith, 74, started in catering with Leith's Good Food, followed by Leith's Restaurant, which won a Michelin Star, and Leith's School of Food and Wine.
The group employed 500 people when she sold it in the 1990s.
She has been a food columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, the Guardian and the Daily Mirror; has written 12 cookbooks, her autobiography, Relish and six novels, the latest of which, The Food of Love: Laura's Story has already been 'optioned' by a TV production company.he is currently a judge on the popular 'Great British Menu' BBC2 TV series, the latest of which is currently being filmed and is due to be shown later this yearShe has been deeply involved in food in education, starting and chairing the charity Focus on Food, which promotes cooking in the curriculum, and the Hoxton Apprentice - a not-for-profit restaurant training the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed young people.
She was the Chair of the School Food Trust, which was largely responsible for the improvement in school food.She is Patron of the Prue Leith Chef's Academy in her native South Africa.
She has also been active in general education, chairing Ashridge Management College, 3E's Enterprises (an education company turning round failing schools and managing academies) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts).
Prue has been a non-executive director of British Rail, Safeway, Halifax, Woolworths, Omega and Whitbread, and is currently on the board of Belmond (formerly Orient-Express Hotels) and is also a director of two start up internet companies, one delivering recipe packs of ingredients to encourage home-cooking, and one an on-line publishing company.She received the CBE in 2010, Veuve Clicquot Business-Woman of the Year in 1990, and holds 13 honorary degrees or Fellowships from UK universities.She is currently writing a family saga of three novels, with the development of food from wartime rationing to organics and telly chefs as the background.
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Prue Leith, chairman of the School Food Trust, insisted that schools had a duty to intervene to help children learn about the benefits of healthy eating because many families failed to impose a decent diet... children will inevitably succumb to the blandishments of the chip, crisp and chocolate manufacturers, who have massive marketing budgets and know how to sell sand to Bedouins..."
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