Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith reveals she nearly KILLED 30 people with food poisoning

‘They could have ended up in the morgue!’ Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith claims she nearly KILLED 30 people with food poisoning after serving a dodgy chicken mayonnaise

Dame Prue Leith has revealed she almost killed 30 people with food poisoning.  

The Great British Bake Off judge, 82, recalled the event from early in her career when her company, Leith’s Good Food, catered an event.

She admitted that 28 people ended up in hospital with one man left in a critical condition after she served up an unsavoury chicken mayonnaise. 

Kitchen drama: Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith, 81, has revealed she almost killed 30 people with food poisoning

Kitchen drama: Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith, 81, has revealed she almost killed 30 people with food poisoning

Speaking on stage in Bath on the first night of her Nothing In Moderation tour, Prue said: : ‘He could have ended up in the morgue!’ You can’t be in catering for 30 years without something going disastrously wrong’. 

She recalled her company being asked to put together a chicken mayonnaise dish for 25, however when five more guests were added the dangerous error occurred. 

Pure told the audience: ‘The cooks poached another chicken while the flesh was still warm, which is a crime, and they mixed with the chicken that was already there’. 

Horror: She admitted that 28 people ended up in hospital with one man in a critical condition exclaiming: ‘He could have ended up in the morgue!’

She went on to say that the venue had no refrigeration and so the food was left out on an exceptionally hot day. 

‘This chicken sat there and lunch was very late and we managed to poison everybody.’

She continued: ‘It haunts me that episode as everybody was ill, ‘All 30 people but two of them ended up in hospital and one of them was in critical care as he was very old and was a High Court judge’.

Error: She recalled her company being asked to put together a chicken mayonnaise dish for 25, however when five more guests were added the dangerous error occurred and cooked meet was mixed with raw

Error: She recalled her company being asked to put together a chicken mayonnaise dish for 25, however when five more guests were added the dangerous error occurred and cooked meet was mixed with raw 

‘He could have ended up in the morgue and not in hospital. That was a wake-up call.’ 

The television personality founded her company in the 1960s and went on to open numerous restaurants and training companies. 

It comes after it was revealed Prue was planning to crack America with a stint of one-woman shows.

Throwback: The television personality founded her company in the 1960s and went on to open numerous restaurants and training companies (pictured in 1985)

Throwback: The television personality founded her company in the 1960s and went on to open numerous restaurants and training companies (pictured in 1985)

The star is hoping to head to Los Angeles and New York before returning to the UK. 

The South African restaurateur currently has two speaking gigs booked after filming a new series of the US version of her Channel 4 show alongside fellow judge Paul Hollywood, The Great American Baking Show.

Dame Prue told the Mirror: ‘I’m going to try out one-woman shows in Los Angeles and New York’.

‘And if they work, then next year I’ll do two tours, one in the spring and one in the autumn round England and around America.’

She is also planing to release a book, Bliss on Toast, as well as an updated version of her biography.

Screen star: Dame Prue has filmed scenes for The Great American Baking Show alongside her fellow Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood (pictured)

Screen star: Dame Prue has filmed scenes for The Great American Baking Show alongside her fellow Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood (pictured)

It comes after Dame Prue Leith said she is ‘more likely’ to use a cake recipe by Dame Mary Berry than one written by Paul Hollywood.

The chef replaced Mary on The Great British Bake-Off back in 2017 and now stars alongside long-standing judge and fellow chef Paul Hollywood on the hit Channel 4 baking show but mused that the ‘great debate’ about Victoria sponge recipes is always in the creaming method.

She told the Radio Times: ‘I’ll tell you what the great debate is always about with Victoria sandwiches – do you make it using the creaming method? Do you cream the sugar and the butter together? You either chuck all the ingredients in together, or you cream it first.’

The Great British Bake Off returned to Channel 4 for a new series on Tuesday 13 September 

Controversial: It comes after Dame Prue Leith said she is 'more likely' to use a cake recipe by Dame Mary Berry (pictured) than one written by Paul Hollywood

Controversial: It comes after Dame Prue Leith said she is ‘more likely’ to use a cake recipe by Dame Mary Berry (pictured) than one written by Paul Hollywood

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