Many of our events are open to the public as well as our membership.

Desert Island Dishes – Thursday 20th May at 1pm

With Sheila Dillon and special guest Prue Leith

Do you live to eat or eat to live?  For those contemplating the dishes they’s take to a desert island, the answer is most likely to be the former.  Having starred in some of the nations best-loved food shows – The Great British Menu and The Great British Bake-off – Prue needs little introduction. However, for those who don’t know here history, here are a few bullet points:

Prue Leith’s career has included her own restaurants, catering and cookery school businesses; she’s been a board director of companies such as British Rail, Halifax, Safeway, Whitbread, Woolworths, and Belmond (ex-Orient Express) Hotels.

She has published eight novels, a memoir, Relish and 14 cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, The Vegetarian Kitchen, which she co-wrote with her niece Peta Leith, was published in 2020.

Among her awards she has a CBE, 12 honorary degrees or fellowships from UK universities, the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the year, and her restaurant, Leith’s, won a Michelin star.

She is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Sheila will talk her through the dishes of her life, and their significance, and along the way we’ll learn more of her personal history.

The event is FREE but we have selected a beneficiary for any funds raised by this event, and so would like to encourage donations here

These will go to Migrateful who run cookery classes led by migrant chefs who are struggling to integrate and access employment due to legal and linguistic barriers. Their mission is to empower and celebrate their chefs on their journey to employment and independence.

Find out more about their wonderful work here