Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith reveals she killed nearly 30 people with food poisoning
PRUE Leith has revealed that he killed nearly 30 people with dodgy chicken mayonnaise.
The Great British Bake Off judge confessed that 28 people were hospitalized – with one man in critical care – when his company, Leith’s Good Food, was booked for a catering job.
Speaking on stage at the Rondo Theater in Bath on the first night of his Nothing in Moderation tour, Prue said: “You can’t live without doing anything wrong in catering for 30 years.
“What you don’t want to do is poison your best customers.”
Recalling that when his company worked for a city firm, Pru, 82, said he was asked to put together a creamy egg-based dish for 25 people.
The next day he said that five more guests had been added and that he had made a serious mistake while cooking the extra food.
Pru explained: “The cooks hunted another chicken while the meat was still hot, which is a crime, and they mixed it with the chicken already.
“And when it got to the offices they had no refrigeration, and it was a very hot day.
“This hen was sitting there and it was too late for lunch and managed to poison us all.”
Pru said: “It bothered me with that episode because everyone was sick.
“All 30 people, but two of them were hospitalized and one of them was in critical care as he was very old and was a judge of the High Court.
“He could have ended up in the morgue and not in the hospital. That was a wake-up call.”
Prue, who replaced Mary Berry as Bake Off judge with Paul Hollywood in 2017, started her company in her sixties and has achieved great success with several training companies and restaurants.
Despite this initial error, Prue confessed to the most embarrassing moment of her career so far, when she accidentally revealed the winner of the hit Channel 4 baking show in the same year she attended.
Prue, who was abroad at the time and in a different time zone, congratulated winner Sophie Faldo on taking the crown – hours before the pre-recorded show aired.
She said on stage of the moment: “My biggest embarrassment was tweeting you the Bake Off winner. I can’t believe I did that.”