The Bake Off judge had her own system for dealing with excess food produced at the famous tent, and found that her friend’s pets appreciated the extra cake.
Speaking at the Kite Festival in Oxfordshire, she said: “There are about 100 people in total, office staff, security people and make-up artists. They’re like gannets
“When we’re done judging, they’re eating everywhere.
“But there’s still heaps of cake and stuff. Very often the bakers make two or three attempts at something if they haven’t got it right. A lot of failures go into the trash and a lot remains
“I used to take it all home and feed it to my neighbour’s pigs. And the pigs absolutely loved it. Every week I brought a suitcase full of cake
“The vet said ‘look, you have to stop this, because the pigs are getting too fat’.”
Leith has expressed concern about the class gap in dietary habits in the UK, claiming that working class people are more likely to eat junk food and develop health problems as a result, compared to the middle class.
She added that France has a better approach to healthy food, stating that Britain’s most exciting area for quality cuisine is now “street food”, noting that most of the creators of the best dishes are not “white Brits” .
She has also called for great concern for soil quality in the UK.
Channel 4 has been contacted for comment.