Prue Leith is a national treasure for eight reasons, according to the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Prue Leith is a national treasure for eight reasons, according to the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Prue Leith has been appointed a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, and we couldn’t be more excited for our favorite TV chef.

Upgrading her CBE title, the Bake Off judge’s latest honour cements her status as a true national treasure. Here are some of the reasons why we adore her.

She’s friendly and warm.

Even when she’s presented with a catastrophic creme anglaise or soggy souffle, Leith, 81, is always pleasant and encouraging, the contrast of po-faced Paul Hollywood with his terrible takedowns that sometimes leave Bake Off participants in tears.

She’s both amusing and relatable.

On Bake Off, Leith, as kind as she is, delivers some humorous one-liners, and her characteristic verdict that a second-rate bake is “not worth the calories” is all too familiar.

She’s a culinary queen

Leith traveled to England in 1960 to complete her training at the famed Cordon Bleu Cookery School after being born in South Africa. She is unrivaled in terms of culinary skill, having worked as a caterer, restaurateur, food journalist, cookbook author, and broadcaster over the course of six decades.

She’s been candid about her adoption.

Leith married author Rayne Kruger in 1974 (they were married until he died in 2002). Danny was born to the parents, while Li-Da was adopted from Cambodia. Li-Da, who is in in her 40s, is a filmmaker who has filmed two documentaries about her trip to Phnom Penh in search of her ancestry, one of which features Leith.

Prue Leith: Journey will be released in 2020. With my Daughter, Leith – who married retired designer John Playfair in 2016 – confessed she was conflicted about her adoptive daughter Li-Da establishing touch with her birth mother, saying: “I’ve had Li-Da for 45 years.” Is it reasonable to expect her to devote more time to her Cambodian relatives and see less of me?”

She is a proponent of environmental protection.

One of Leith’s more recent ventures involves her putting her culinary skills to work to combat the issue of food waste, which is considered to be a problem in the United States. (This is a short article)

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