Prue Leith, now a successful novelist, started her career in 1960, cooking lunches for directors' dining rooms. 

In 1969 she opened Leith's restaurant in Notting Hill, which won a Michelin Star and in 1975 she founded Leith's School of Food and Wine. By 1995 when the business was sold, Leith's employed over 500 staff and Prue had joined the board of many major UK companies such as Whitbread and the Halifax. By that time, she had also won Businesswoman of the Year. 

Throughout her catering career Prue 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.

Her first novel, Leaving Patrick, was published by Penguin in 1999 and her most recent book, The Food of Love (Quercus) is the first of a trilogy of novels, with the development of food from wartime rationing to telly chefs as the background to a family saga. The trilogy has been optioned for a major TV series.

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

CUT are delighted that Prue's first short story, The Best Laid Plans, is now available at CUT.

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