Prue Leith likes 'attention' after joining GBBO
3 October 2018 - 11:00 AM

Prue Leith likes 'attention' after joining GBBO

Share article:

Prue Leith likes the "attention" the "Great British Bake Off" has brought her.

The 78-year-old restaurateur joined the baking show as a judge alongside Paul Hollywood in March 2017 after Channel 4 swiped the rights to the format from the BBC and she has admitted she loves that teenagers recognise her in the street.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, Prue - who branded herself "egotistic" - said: "I like the attention. Before "...Bake Off", frankly, if you'd asked most people on the bus if they'd ever heard of me, it would probably only have been those aged over 55. But if they were 15, they wouldn't have, and that's the difference with "...Bake Off" - it's loved across the generations."

And, although she previously hosted "Great British Menu" on BBC Two, Prue has a new taste for baking since joining the Channel 4 series and that has inspired her to pen her first cookbook in 25 years "Prue: My All Time Favourite Recipes".

She explained: "When I got on to the "...Bake Off", every weekend I'd see the bakers doing this amazing stuff. It really got me back into food and I found that I was baking more. I baked more in the first year than I had in 25 years. You get lazy. It was telly that got me back into it. When I replaced Mary Berry, I had people in supermarkets asking me when my next cookbook was coming out, and they hadn't realised that I hadn't been writing recipes for 25 years. And I suddenly thought: "This is probably the time to write a new cookbook." "

Paul Hollywood's ex grieving marriage breakdown

Paul Hollywood's ex grieving marriage breakdown

16 February 2019 - 12:00 PM

Paul Hollywood's ex grieving marriage breakdown

But it's not just her professional life that has taken off over the past few years as Prue feels "really lucky" to be married to her husband John Playfair.

The chef - who married John in 2016 - explained: "I've been with John now for seven years, it took us five years to decide to do it. It just seemed like, "We're so old, what's the point really?" Anyhow, we did it. It's been absolutely wonderful. That made me really happy because I'd been single for 14 years - I thought that was it. At my age, you don't expect to fall in love again, so I've been really lucky."

Prue Leith gets photographer husband to take fan pictures

Prue Leith gets photographer husband to take fan pictures

2 January 2019 - 2:00 PM

Prue Leith gets photographer husband to take fan pictures
The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off special to air in March
21 February 2019

The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off special to air in March

The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off special to air in March
Tyler Poses signs up to 'The Lost Boys' remake
21 February 2019

Tyler Poses signs up to 'The Lost Boys' remake

Tyler Poses signs up to 'The Lost Boys' remake
Jack P. Shepherd thinks David Platt and Nick Tildsley will betray each other
21 February 2019

Jack P. Shepherd thinks David Platt and Nick Tildsley will betray each other

Jack P. Shepherd thinks David Platt and Nick Tildsley will betray each other
Corrie's Julia Goulding inspired by 'every Northern mum'
21 February 2019

Corrie's Julia Goulding inspired by 'every Northern mum'

Corrie's Julia Goulding inspired by 'every Northern mum'
Martin Clunes was put off sitcoms after Reggie Perrin flop
21 February 2019

Martin Clunes was put off sitcoms after Reggie Perrin flop

Martin Clunes was put off sitcoms after Reggie Perrin flop
David Gest used his bum to sneak phone into CBB house
21 February 2019

David Gest used his bum to sneak phone into CBB house

David Gest used his bum to sneak phone into CBB house
Gemma Atkinson felt beautiful at the BRITs thanks to Gorka
21 February 2019

Gemma Atkinson felt beautiful at the BRITs thanks to Gorka

Gemma Atkinson felt beautiful at the BRITs thanks to Gorka
Paddy McGuinness sports fake tan and make-up on Top Gear
21 February 2019

Paddy McGuinness sports fake tan and make-up on Top Gear

Paddy McGuinness sports fake tan and make-up on Top Gear
Davood Ghadami praises Nitin Ganatra's EastEnders impact
21 February 2019

Davood Ghadami praises Nitin Ganatra's EastEnders impact

Davood Ghadami praises Nitin Ganatra's EastEnders impact
Takaya Honda confirms Neighbours return after hospitalisation
21 February 2019

Takaya Honda confirms Neighbours return after hospitalisation

Takaya Honda confirms Neighbours return after hospitalisation
Lesley Joseph thinks time is right for Birds of a Feather ending
21 February 2019

Lesley Joseph thinks time is right for Birds of a Feather ending

Lesley Joseph thinks time is right for Birds of a Feather ending
Hugh Bonneville takes the blame for Downton Abbey dog death
21 February 2019

Hugh Bonneville takes the blame for Downton Abbey dog death

Hugh Bonneville takes the blame for Downton Abbey dog death