Lorraine is an inspirational British cook, former model, and pâtissière. She has authored best selling cookery books, presented two television series and opened her own retail outlet in London, selling baked goods.
Pascale was spotted, then 16, as a potential model by the same agent who had found Naomi Campbell. Based in New York, she achieved recognition as the first black British model to appear on the cover of American Elle, she also appeared in the 1998 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Then, after several years in the modelling business, she decided to look for a new passion and enrolled to study for the year-long Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine.
On completing the Diploma, Lorraine Pascale 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. But working 18-hour days for someone else wasn’t easy for Lorraine which led her to start her own business creating celebration cakes, and realising that restaurant hours would not suit her, Pascale established herself as a specialist cakemaker, with an exclusive contract with Selfridges.
Her introduction to Selfridges was at the suggestion of noted chef Marco Pierre White and in 2008 and 2010 she supplied the London store with over 1000 Christmas cakes, and later opened her own shop, Ella’s Bakehouse, in Covent Garden.
In January 2011 Pascale presented her own television bakery programme, Baking Made Easy, on BBC television and published a bakery book based upon this series; this has been followed by a general cookery programme Home Cooking Made Easy in September and October 2011, with a second book based on the series.
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Lorraine’s incredible career has taken her from the catwalk to some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley. As a renowned speaker she talks about how passion was the driving force behind her career change, and that with passion, you can achieve anything.