Prue Leith


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She has been involved in food in education. When chair of the Royal Society of Arts she founded and chaired the charity Focus on Food, (now part of the Soil Association) which promotes cooking in the curriculum. She also started, with the charity Training for Life, the Hoxton Apprentice – a not-for-profit restaurant which for ten years trained the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed young people. Until 2015, she was a member of the Food Strand of the grant giving foundation, Esmée Fairbairne. From 2007–10, she was the Chair of the School Food Trust, the government quango largely responsible for the improvement in school food after Jamie Oliver’s television exposé of the poor state of school food. The Trust, (now the Children’s Food Trust) also set up and runs Let’s Get Cooking, an organisation of over 5000 cooking-clubs in state schools, of which she is a patron. She is Vice-President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association, a trustee of Baby Taste Journey (an education charity concerned with healthy food for infants); Patron of The Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, Sustain’s Hospital Food Campaign, and the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy in her native South Africa.