Lorraine Pascale's warm, accessible and achievable style has led to many describing her as a ‘friend in the kitchen’ which is what Lorraine has always set out to be.
Lorraine Pascale is best known for her immensely popular cookery series on LifeStyle FOOD and BBC 2 prime time – Baking Made Easy, Home Cooking Made Easy, Lorraine’s Last Minute Christmas and Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. The Series have made her a much loved household name and the sales of the accompanying tie-in books for each series can only be described as phenomenal. With more than 750,000 copies sold and rising, Lorraine has shot straight to the top of Amazon’s Food & Drink bestsellers list with each release. She is WH Smith’s most successful debut TV chef ever and was Waterstone’s number 1 cookery title in the run up to Xmas 2011. The books have gained universal praise from publications as far reaching as The Sunday Times to Grazia.
Lorraine’s shows have resonated with viewers from the start – her warm, accessible and achievable style has led to many describing her as a ‘friend in the kitchen’ which is what Lorraine has always set out to be. In Baking Made Easy, viewers were able to watch her discuss her love of good food, while she expertly prepared a wide selection of recipes (baking isn’t just about cakes, there are lots of savoury dishes as well!) and talks about her love of baking. Lorraine’s second series, Home Cooking Made Easy, embodied everything that she’s about – elegant, stress-free cooking that delivers exceptional results. The series was a huge hit for BBC 2 and like its predecessor, Baking Made Easy, has been sold internationally to 26 territories as far as Australia and Korea. More recently, Lorraine has been on BBC 2 with her third cookery series, Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food, which saw Lorraine guide viewers through simple, stylish and achievable meals as well as sampling the food in London’s coolest street food markets.
When not writing her cookbooks and filming her series, Lorraine is mother to 15 year old Ella. She grew up in Oxfordshire with her adoptive mother and aged 11 she achieved a 100 per cent scholarship to go to a boarding school in Devon. Aged 16, she was spotted by a model scout while shopping in Covent Garden. She was whisked off to New York and held her own amongst the biggest names of the day for some of the world’s most successful designers including Chanel, Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Versace, Benetton and Donna Karan. She was also the first British black model on the cover of American Elle.
Although Lorraine had a fabulous time modelling, she gave it up as she wanted to find something she was really passionate about and something that would take her through her 30s and beyond. So in between modelling jobs, she enrolled on a number of courses to find out what would really make her tick including hypnotherapy, auto repair and interior design. It was not until she enrolled on a year-long cookery course at Leith’s that Lorraine finally knew what she wanted to do.
On completing the Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine, Lorraine did a two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and then worked in some of the most renowned kitchens of the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley. Even today, Lorraine continues to hone her craft and work with the very best in the chef world including Pierre Koffman. But working 18-hour days for someone else wasn’t easy for Lorraine which led her to start her own business creating celebration cakes.
Due to her interesting start in life, Lorraine is very supportive of the charities Barnardos and Tact, both of which deal with fostered and adopted children. Barnardos is also concerned with young people struggling with adversity.
And as if all of this wasn’t enough, she has just completed a degree in culinary Arts Management encompassing international gastronomy, food policy and micro-biology, along with all aspects of food, passed with First Class Honours.