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Prue Leith, 77, talks love life with new husband, 70 Prue Leith, 77, talks love life with new husband, 70

She is slated to be the new Grand Dame of the rebooted Great British Bake Off.

But Prue Leith claims she is used to raising temperatures outside of the kitchen.

The culinary legend, 77, has detailed her sizzling love life with 'toyboy' husband John Playfair, 70, who she married five months ago.

 

Head over heels: Prue Leith, 77, has detailed her love life with 'toyboy' husband John Playfair, 70, (above) who she married five months ago Head over heels: Prue Leith, 77, has detailed her love life with 'toyboy' husband John Playfair, 70, (above) who she married five months ago

Head over heels: Prue Leith, 77, has detailed her love life with 'toyboy' husband John Playfair, 70, (above) who she married five months ago

Talking to The Sun, the Great British Menu judge claims that her new marriage has left her 'behaving like a teenager'.

 

She says: 'It’s surprising how you can behave like a 16-year-old in your 60s, or a 17-year-old in your 70s.

'You know, it’s exactly the same. You fall in love with somebody, you start worrying why the phone is not ringing and thinking, "Can I ring him?"

On a high: Talking to The Sun, the Great British Menu judge claims that her new marriage has left her 'behaving like a teenager' On a high: Talking to The Sun, the Great British Menu judge claims that her new marriage has left her 'behaving like a teenager'

On a high: Talking to The Sun, the Great British Menu judge claims that her new marriage has left her 'behaving like a teenager'

'Is romance dead for me? I got married five months ago. He’s a great guy, too. He’s lovely and he’s my toyboy. I’m 77 and he’s 70, so he’s a mere boy. It’s enlivening.

'An awful lot of older women do have love affairs or wish they were having love affairs. I think the most important thing in the whole world is love and relationships and if you don’t have them it’s quite bad.'

Prue is no stranger to high charged relationships - at the age of 21 she began an affair with the husband of her mum’s best friend, Rayne Kruger. After a 13 year fling, she tied him and they were married until his death aged 80 in 2002.

No stopping her: The chef says: 'Is romance dead for me? I got married five months ago. He’s a great guy, too. He’s lovely and he’s my toyboy. I’m 77 and he’s 70, so he’s a mere boy. It’s enlivening' No stopping her: The chef says: 'Is romance dead for me? I got married five months ago. He’s a great guy, too. He’s lovely and he’s my toyboy. I’m 77 and he’s 70, so he’s a mere boy. It’s enlivening'

No stopping her: The chef says: 'Is romance dead for me? I got married five months ago. He’s a great guy, too. He’s lovely and he’s my toyboy. I’m 77 and he’s 70, so he’s a mere boy. It’s enlivening'

This week, Prue revaled that she is terrified of 'doing a Chris Evans' but admitted she would love the chance to pick up Mary Berry’s mantle.

The chef dismissed as 'complete rubbish' reports she will be paid three times as much as Mrs Berry to host the show - and insisted she did not yet know if she had got the job.

Mrs Leith has been in advanced talks for a judging role on the cookery programme after presenters Mrs Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would leave the show. 

Eager: Prue Leith is terrified of 'doing a Chris Evans' but admitted she would love the chance to pick up Mary Berry’s mantle and become a presenter on The Great British Bake Off, for which she is down to final few to take over Eager: Prue Leith is terrified of 'doing a Chris Evans' but admitted she would love the chance to pick up Mary Berry’s mantle and become a presenter on The Great British Bake Off, for which she is down to final few to take over

Eager: Prue Leith is terrified of 'doing a Chris Evans' but admitted she would love the chance to pick up Mary Berry’s mantle and become a presenter on The Great British Bake Off, for which she is down to final few to take over

The stars made their decision when production company Love Productions chose to sell the series to Channel 4 after seven seasons with the BBC.

Judge Paul Hollywood has, however, signed up for three series with Channel 4.

Reports have speculated Mrs Leith had been offered at least £200,000 for the role, dwarfing the £70,000 Miss Berry was paid when the BBC broadcast the show.

Awkward: Prue did not want to be like Chris Evans - who had a doomed attempt stepping into the shoes of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for Top Gear Awkward: Prue did not want to be like Chris Evans - who had a doomed attempt stepping into the shoes of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for Top Gear

Awkward: Prue did not want to be like Chris Evans - who had a doomed attempt stepping into the shoes of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for Top Gear

'I believe I’m about to be paid about a quarter of a million pounds or something and I’ve got a deal. It’s complete nonsense,' she said.

‘I’d love to star in Bake Off, it would be ridiculous to pretend that I didn’t want to do it.’

Speaking ahead of hosting the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2017, she added: ‘They’ve said they’ll let everyone know soon. 

Payrise: Reports have speculated Mrs Leith had been offered at least £200,000 for the role, dwarfing the £70,000 Miss Berry was paid when the BBC broadcast the show Payrise: Reports have speculated Mrs Leith had been offered at least £200,000 for the role, dwarfing the £70,000 Miss Berry was paid when the BBC broadcast the show

Payrise: Reports have speculated Mrs Leith had been offered at least £200,000 for the role, dwarfing the £70,000 Miss Berry was paid when the BBC broadcast the show

‘I have some hopes of doing it soon. I have been through interviews and meetings but realistically they’ve only casted Paul Hollywood because he’s there already. 

‘They still need to replace Mel and Sue, and [find] Mary Berry’s replacement. If they like me, and they appear to, they need to make sure that the other two fit. 

‘So I don’t imagine anything will be announced until their replacements are found. But I haven’t signed anything. Everything you read is not true.’

Referring to the now former Top Gear presenter’s doomed attempt to step into the shoes of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Mrs Leith added: ‘It’s a bit scary following Mary, but I don’t want to do a Chris Evans.’ 

Mrs Leith has been in advanced talks for a judging role on the cookery programme after presenters Mrs Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would leave the show Mrs Leith has been in advanced talks for a judging role on the cookery programme after presenters Mrs Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would leave the show

Mrs Leith has been in advanced talks for a judging role on the cookery programme after presenters Mrs Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would leave the show

Mrs Leith backed Mr Hollywood’s decision to follow the show to its new home, despite the departure of his co-presenters.

She said: ‘I think Paul Hollywood was quite perfectly within his rights to stay with Love Productions. They’d made him famous, he was getting a decent salary and he was enjoying it.

‘Why shouldn’t he stay with them?’ 

On his side: Mrs Leith backed Paul Hollywood’s decision to follow the show to its new home on Channel 4, despite the departure of his co-presenters On his side: Mrs Leith backed Paul Hollywood’s decision to follow the show to its new home on Channel 4, despite the departure of his co-presenters

On his side: Mrs Leith backed Paul Hollywood’s decision to follow the show to its new home on Channel 4, despite the departure of his co-presenters

Mrs Leith, who lives in a Jacobean Cotswolds village, was married to author Rayne Kruger for 38 years until his death in 2002. 

The grandmother’s book Leith’s Cookery Bible is revered in the culinary world, and she has plenty of TV judging experience, having spent 10 years on BBC2’s Great British Menu.

The author, who founded cookery school Leith’s in 1975, received an OBE in 1989 and a CBE in 2010.

She married retired clothes designer John Playfair, 69, last year. 

Proof is in the pudding: Prue's book Leith’s Cookery Bible is revered in the culinary world, and she has plenty of TV judging experience, having spent 10 years on BBC2’s Great British Menu Proof is in the pudding: Prue's book Leith’s Cookery Bible is revered in the culinary world, and she has plenty of TV judging experience, having spent 10 years on BBC2’s Great British Menu

Proof is in the pudding: Prue's book Leith’s Cookery Bible is revered in the culinary world, and she has plenty of TV judging experience, having spent 10 years on BBC2’s Great British Menu

 

 


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