COOKERY students spent gained some valuable insights when they met a Bake Off star.

Moreton Hall sixth form students met Prue Leith, a judge on The Great British Bake Off, when she visited the town to promote her new cookery book at the Lion Quays Hotel near Oswestry

The students are enrolled in the Leith School of Food and Wine.

One of the youngsters, Buffy Boroughs, said: “It was amazing to have the opportunity to listen to and meet such a strong figure in the cannon of female cooks who have changed the way we think about and prepare food.

“And of course, we heard about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ on The Great British Bake Off.

“Prue enthralled the entire audience, she told us many stories about her culinary career:from changing people’s dismissive attitudes towards ‘catering’ with Prue Leith’s Cookery Bible, to her love of cooking with left-overs and keeping food simple yet delicious.

“Her new book, My All Time Favourite Recipes, is full of recipes that Prue created to be accessible to everyone. We left feeling inspired and warmed by her bubbly charisma and bold, colourful clothes. I cannot wait to cook my way through her recipes over the Christmas Holidays.”

Moreton Hall is one of a limited number of approved centres across the UK to deliver the professional Leith's Certificate in Food and Wine course, which offersd practical cookery lessons and runs alongside students' A-level subjects.