Though currently in the limelight because of her role on The Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith has enjoyed a remarkable career over many decades. She has run her own restaurants, catering and cookery school businesses; she has held Board memberships of companies such as Halifax, Safeway, Whitbread, Woolworths, and Belmond (ex-Orient Express) Hotels; and pursued a deep involvement with education: she chaired the first of the companies charged with turning round failing state schools and was Chair of the School Food Trust, responsible for the improvement of school food and food education. She has been active in many charities and is the Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She has 12 honorary degrees or fellowships from UK universities.
For the Petworth Festival she talks to journalist Mandy Morton about her entire, wide-ranging career which has also included publishing 13 cookbooks, a memoir, Relish: My Life on a Plate, and eight novels, the last three a three-generation trilogy set in the restaurant world with a background of the changing fashions in food from war-time rationing to modern pop up street food.