A British model turned chef Lorraine Pascale was born in 1972 to Caribbean parents. Spotted quite early (at a tender age of 16), by the same model scout who first “placed his gaze” on Naomi Campbell, Lorraine soon moved to New York where she worked for the biggest names in the fashion industry incl.: Chanel, Lagerfeld, Versace and others. She went on to become the first British black model to appear on the cover of the American “Elle”.
Going back to childhood… Her early family was unable to give her a home, and by the time Lorraine was 18 months old she was adopted by another family. When she was about three years old and her new family also fell apart she remained with her mother. Unfortunately the mom who embraced Lorraine fell sick, and again she was transferred from one adoptive family to another. Although subsequently she did return to her first adoptive mom there seems to have been very little stability in her early life.
For me, what’s interesting about her is that, in spite of her early struggles and latter successes in the fashion world, Lorraine remained focused, at least career-wise. As if prepared for the fact that “cat-walks” would not to last forever she went on (early) to look for another passion, which would be there for her after she could no longer do modelling.
Her “post-initial career” search took her on a journey to a variety of places until she found “IT” in a seemingly less glamorous place – the kitchen.
One might say that she’d already had it made…, and to an extent some of the media relationships she’d built during her time as a model might have helped in her latter presenting career. Nevertheless, she did put some ‘baking’ effort in. Having completed the Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine she enrolled for another two year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry.
Subsequently, Lorraine began working for some of the best known and respected kitchens in the world (Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, or The Wolseley). Understandably, long restaurant working hours failed to tickle her fancy, which then led this lady to opening her own business.
Consequently, as reported by the ‘Guardian’ newspaper: “…her first TV show ‘Baking Made Easy’ was watched by more than 2 million people and the accompanying book was second only to Jamie Oliver’s ‘30-Minute Meals’ in the bestseller lists”. Her expertise grew, gradually giving birth to another feel-good series titled: ‘Home Cooking Made Easy’.”
As might be expected from someone who once was a model Lorraine still looks good and as though she bakes much more than she actually eats. Unlike some fashion lovers though, she seems to have a very healthy and cordial relationship with food.
Quite comfortable behind the camera, with a relaxed and rather joyous way of presenting, Pascale invites one to watch her graceful kitchen-walk, these days.
Her recipes are stylish, simple and creative – delicious to the eye as well as tasty… Her passion for the art of cookery makes home baking and cooking (which some might consider to be rather mundane) look like easy and attractive activities.