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Prue Leith wasn’t always known for her fiction. She started as a cook in 1960, became a party caterer, opened Leith’s restaurant in Notting Hill, (which won a Michelin star) and founded Leith’s School of Food and Wine and the Prue Leith Chefs Academy in South Africa.  She sat on the boards of many major UK companies such as Whitbread and the Halifax, and won Businesswoman of the Year.

Throughout her catering career she was also a writer. She was successively a columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, The Guardian and the Daily Mirror and wrote twelve cookbooks. When she turned 50 she decided to sell the businesses and stop writing cookbooks and so that she could realise her long-term ambition to write fiction.  Since then she has written about the ups and downs of love, family and business. Her Food of Love Trilogy, is a saga covering three generations of an English/Italian family in the food world: farming, restaurants, catering, food writing and telly. It’s due to be a major TV series.

Prue has also written her memoirs - Relish: My Life on a Plate. She is published by Quercus.

You can find her on Twitter:  @PrueLeith
And on Instagram:  @prueleith

It's a fact

The New Writers’ Scheme is the only one of its kind run by published authors for the unpublished. Each year several million words of love are submitted in the New Writers' Scheme