Leith, who received an OBE in 1989 for her services to the industry, has pioneered British culinary standards for over four decades, having set up the Leith's School of Food and Wine ](http://www.leiths.com/)with Caroline Waldergrave in 1974 and chaired theSchool Food Trust since 2006.
Leith has also penned novels in recent years, but her appearances on the televised cooking competition The Great British Menu and her role as chair of the SFT has ensured that she has been instrumental in British hospitality.
"I can't believe the CBE," she told Caterersearch. "I've been a novelist for 15 years, but the honour is hardly for my contribution to romantic fiction! It's years since I was a caterer, but I guess it is for my work as Chair of the School Food Trust which has done a terrific job in getting school lunches healthy, training cooks to cook fresh food simply and well, getting head teachers, governors and local authorities to take food and cooking seriously.
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