How Did A Celebrity Chef Became Queen Margaret University’s Chancellor?


Who is Prue Leith? She is a writer, cookery expert, a restaurateur and the judge on BBC's the 'Great British Menu.'

Recently, Prue Leith has been appointed as the new chancellor of the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. So how did she get from being a celebrity chef to a university authority?

Because of her career focusing in food and drink, she has the desirable entrepreneurial qualities that can be useful to the future graduates, according to BBC. To sum up her life's work, she has worked hard to develop and highlight United Kingdom's culinary talent which showcases the importance of good healthy food. This shows significant entrepreneurial qualities.

Professor Petra Wend, the principal and vice-chancellor of QMU praises Leith for her career because it "resonates deeply with the values and ethos of Queen Margaret University, as well as with our flagships in health and rehabilitation, creativity and culture, and sustainable business."

She succeeds Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Farmer in the school. When talking about her life's work when it comes to food, she built her own business in the 60's from scratch - a catering company called Leith's Good Food. She then opened a restaurant in 1969 which earned her her first Michelin star. But she did not stop there. She founded a school that trains professional chefs and amateur cooks.

Now, she is tasked to take on QMU to tackle nutrition, food and health. These three are practical and socially important subjects right now. And for Prue, "Following the wonderful Tom Farmer will not be easy, but I look forward to it," she says.

She looks forward to working with the enthusiastic students of QMU. Prue Leith is considered to be a highly respected figure that knows the importance of education. QMU values her experience as a resource even to the school's beginnings in 1875 when the school was established to help improve the diet of the urban poor.

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