Celeb chef Prue Leith gets a taste of healthy new school meals

Thursday June 4, 2009

She's been on a quest to transform school meals of late, and this week celebrity chef Prue Leith got to see – and taste – the results of her campaign at a school in Yorkshire. The star of The Great British Menu joined children in tucking into some of the nutritious fare on offer at lunchtime.

South Africa-born Prue went along to celebrate with pupils and catering staff after the school successfully completed a pilot scheme to meet new nutrient-based food standards. The rules become compulsory for all secondary schools in September.

Prue, who admits she's "been banging on about school meals for goodness knows how many years", took on a three-year post as chair of the School Food Trust in 2007, meaning she's been able to do something concrete about making meals healthier and more appetising.

Having brought up two children - son Daniel and adopted daughter, Li-Da, both 34 – the 70-year-old knows first hand that kids can sometimes be picky when it comes to eating certain foods.

"Daniel didn't touch vegetables until he was 19," she reveals. "I swear hardly a green pea passed his lips. I never pushed or worried because he ate so much fruit."

Photo: © PA

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