February 1, 2022

EP. 250 — How Do You Get Your Bake Off? with Prue Leith

It’s Prue Week on Getting Curious! On the Great British Baking Show (aka the Great British Bake Off), it’s clear that Prue Leith has excellent taste. But what’s Prue up to when she’s not judging crème pat, frangipane, and the occasional soggy bottom? This week, Prue and Jonathan dish on how Prue developed her palette, their shared love of gardening, and what’s on their creative plates this year.

Dame Prue Leith, DBE, DL is a businesswoman, journalist, novelist, cookery writer and broadcaster. Her restaurant, Leith’s, had a Michelin Star, she is a past winner of the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year and has been a Director on many boards, including British Rail and Belmond Ltd. She chaired The School Food Trust tasked with improving school meals and an education company turning round failing schools. She was the instigator of the Fourth Plinth contemporary sculpture project in Trafalgar square and is currently a judge on the Great British Baking Show, and Advisor to the government’s Review of Hospital Food. She likes salmon fishing, gardening and home life.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Prue Leith  JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and I am about to have a literal excitement breakdown about how excited I am for this episode. Every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Prue Leith, of Great British Baking Challenge, where I ask her: How do you get your bake off? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome our guest, I literally can’t stand it. She’s someone who has been all up on my TV screen for a very, very, just good few years, but I know you’ve been doing things before that. But without any further ado. Welcome to the show Prue Leith, of British Baking Challenge, which has, like, two different titles I know, like, America, UK, but it’s one of my favorite shows. I love you so much. Your hair looks amazing.

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