Mogford Prize
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Aug 24, 2020

Dame Prue Leith  is a cookery writer, restaurateur, chef and television presenter. After attending Cordon Bleu Cookery School she set up her own company as an event and party caterer. In 1995 she sold Leith’s, her Michelin-starred restaurant, and founded Leith’s School of Food and Wine. Prue has been a food columnist for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, The Guardian and the Daily Mirror. She has written 12 cookery books and 7 novels, and in 2017 she replaced Mary Berry in The Great British Bake Off when the programme moved to Channel 4. In 1990 she was awarded the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, and she has 13 honorary degrees from British universities. Since 2017 she has been Chancellor of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

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The German writer Laura Theis was the winner of the 2020 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing with her short story ‘The Lift’. The award-winning actor and writer Stephen Fry and Prue Leith, CBE, joined prize founder, Jeremy Mogford, to judge the year’s entries.