ame Prue Leith has revealed she gave 30 folks meals poisoning after serving up a dodgy rooster dish, with one visitor nearly “ending up within the morgue”.
The Nice British Bake Off decide, 82, recalled the incident from the early days of her catering profession when her firm, Leith’s Good Meals, was employed to cater an occasion.
“You may’t be in catering for 30 years with out one thing going disastrously mistaken,” she mentioned whereas talking on stage in Tub on the primary evening of her Nothing In Moderation tour.
Her firm had initially been employed to cook dinner a rooster mayonnaise dish for 25 folks, however catastrophe struck when a further 5 folks had been all of the sudden added to the guestlist.
Leith advised the viewers: “The cooks poached one other rooster whereas the flesh was nonetheless heat, which is against the law, and so they combined with the rooster that was already there.”
As if that wasn’t sufficient, she defined that the the venue had no refrigeration and so the meals was neglected on an exceptionally sizzling day.
“This rooster sat there and lunch was very late and we managed to poison all people.”
She continued: “It haunts me that episode as all people was unwell. All 30 folks however two of them ended up in hospital and one among them was in crucial care as he was very outdated and was a Excessive Court docket decide.
“He may have ended up within the morgue and never in hospital. That was a wake-up name.”
The tv persona based her firm within the Sixties and went on to open quite a few eating places and coaching firms.
The South African-born star was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2021 in recognition for providers to meals, broadcasting and charity.