‘Great British Baking Show’ Judge Prue Leith Recalls Rescue While Stranded At Sea

Prue Leith, a choose on “The Great British Baking Show,” was as soon as stranded at sea — and rescued by an Italian fisherman.

Leith recalled the harrowing expertise in an interview revealed Friday by The Mirror. The chef stated she was spending a leisurely afternoon on a motorboat off the Sardinian coast when the engine failed — and the climate started to worsen.

“I couldn’t start it and the wind was getting up,” Leith advised the outlet. “I thought, ‘This has the makings of a really bad novel.’”

She continued, “People would pass, not close enough to shout to them but close enough to wave and I’d be waving wildly and they just waved back, thinking I was just being friendly.”

While the baker didn’t specify when the incident occurred, she vividly recalled spending the complete day stranded. Leith famously joined the “Baking Show” in 2017 to switch exiting choose Mary Berry — however had been it not for a Sardinian fisherman, she might by no means have.

“He was so angry with me,” Leith advised The Mirror of her rescuer. “He said, ‘You tourists, you risk your lives. You could have drifted all the way to Corsica!’ And he just gave me absolutely blazes. And there was I… sunburnt,” she recalled.

“I was thirsty, I’d had a whole day of absolute misery,” Leith added. “But he was quite right and I was very foolish.”

Prue Leith of “The Great British Baking Show” recalled agreeing together with her surly rescuer about her “foolish” outing at sea.

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“The Great British Baking Show” — initially known as “The Great British Bake Off” in Britain however retitled within the U.S., the place Pillsbury owns the identify “Bake Off” — sees a number of chosen bakers throughout the U.Okay. compete for tv glory.

Leith herself, nonetheless, has stated she doesn’t significantly look after baking.

“Of course, I have made thousands of desserts and lots of wedding cakes and I’m so interested in the skills, but that’s not what I would naturally do,” she stated in a November interview with Folks. “I think they hired me [as a “Baking Show” choose] as a result of I’ve an excellent set of style buds, not for my piping abilities.”

The South African-born chef just lately made headlines after revealing that she drowned a litter of kittens as a toddler at her mom’s request.

“Too many kittens was a frequent occurrence and there had come a day when my mother, unable to find homes for yet another litter, decided to drown the latest batch,” Leith advised HuffPost in October.

Her newly revealed memoir, “I’ll Try Anything Once: My Life on a Plate,” chronicles that individual incident and lots of extra throughout her childhood and winding profession, together with her “Baking Show” apex.