Lesley’s School of Food and Wine
A former chef and cookery demonstrator, Lesley’s lively personality makes her a very popular television cook. She was a regular part of the team of Ready Steady Cook (BBC2) and This Morning (ITV). A recognisable household name Lesley now runs her immensely popular cookery school at Abbotshill in north Dorset and often acts as a recognisable spokesman for several large food brands.
She studied French cuisine for three years at Ealing College, which included time as a chef at the Waldorf Hotel. In 1978 Lesley joined Prue Leith’s Restaurant and was quickly promoted to position as senior chef. She gained then worked as a freelance corporate chef and caterer for government officials before joining Leith’s school of food and wine as an instructor, rising to head teacher.
She often represented British food at international cookery displays, taking as her theme ‘good food for health’s sake’. She has written 20 cookery books and supported Christchurch Food Festival with its work in schools since its inception in the year 2000.