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Lorraine Pascale, born November 17th of 1972, is a former British model who is presently a cook, pâtissière and television program hostess. She has authored best selling cooking books which have sold almost one million copies in the UK alone. Lorraine presented three television series and opened her own retail outlet in London selling baked goods. Her show has been sold to television markets in over 60 countries around the world. She grew up in Oxfordshire with her adoptive mother and at the age of 11 she achieved a 100 percent scholarship to attend a boarding school in Devon. At the age of 16 she was spotted by a model scout while shopping in Covent Garden. Working in the fashion industry in New York amongst the biggest names of the day she worked for some of the world’s most successful designers including Chanel, Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Versace, Benetton and Donna Karan. She was also the first black model from Britian to grace the cover of American Elle Magazine.
Born to West Indian parents from the Caribbean, she was adopted when she was 18 months old and brought up in Oxfordshire by a white family. When her adoptive parents got divorced when she was three years old, Pascale remained with her mother, who subsequently became ill. At this point, at age 7, she was put in foster homes of more than one family, with differing degrees of "fit" and eventually she returned to her mother. She won a full Scholarship given by the Buttle Trust, now Buttle UK, and so was educated at a boarding school in Devon. She has an elder adoptive brother and a half-sister from her adoptive father who had a daughter after the divorce. She is aware of her biological parents' identity and their four other children, but she does not wish to re-establish contact. She married in her "early twenties" and had a daughter named Ella before she and her husband divorced.
Her career was initiated when Pascale was spotted, at age 16, as being a potential model by the same agent who had discovered Naomi Campbell. Based in New York, she achieved recognition as the first black British model to appear on the cover of American Elle as well as appearing in the 1998 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Despite her success, Pascale recognised the need to ensure her future after her modelling eventually would end and embarked on a series of career "try-outs" - including hypnotherapy and auto mechanics. Although Lorraine had a fabulous time modelling, she gave it up as she wanted to find something she could get really passionate about and something that would take her into her 30s and beyond. So in between modeling assignments, she enrolled in numerous courses to find out what would really make her happy, including hypnotherapy and interior design. It was not until she enrolled on a year-long cooking course at Leith’s that Lorraine finally knew what she wanted to do.
She took a diploma cookery course at the Leiths School of Food and Wine in 2005 and finally found that cookery fitted her "like a pair of old jeans". After gaining her diploma, she did a series of stages in some London restaurants but, realising that restaurant hours would not ever suit her, Pascale established herself as a specialist cakemaker. She started with an exclusive contract with Selfridges - the introduction to Selfridges being at the suggestion of noted chef Marco Pierre White and in 2008 and 2010 she supplied the London store with over 1000 Christmas cakes. She later opened her own shop, Ella's Bakehouse, in Covent Garden. She also studied at Thames Valley University in Culinary Arts (now University of West London) and in March 2012 graduated a with a First Class Honours Degree/Summa Cum Laude, completing a degree in culinary Arts Management encompassing international gastronomy, food policy and micro-biology, along with all aspects of foods.
In January 2011 Pascale presented her own television baking program, Baking Made Easy, on BBC television and published a baking book based upon this series. This has been followed by a general cooking program called Home Cooking Made Easy in September and October 2011, with a second book based on this series. A Last Minute Christmas program aired on the BBC Two on the 22nd of December 2011. A third book was published in 2012 and a series based upon it, called Fast, Fresh & Easy Food, aired in August and September of 2012 on BBC Two. Lorraine is the patron of TACT, the UK's largest fostering and adoption charity, as well as being an Ambassador of both the charities Rays of Sunshine and the Princes' Trust. 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. In summer 2012, she was made the Ambassador of the National Careers Service launching the service with Skills Minister John Hayes. Today, Lorraine’s career in fine food is going gangbusters. A long held dream of hers was realised with her first television cookery series Baking Made Easy being launched as a prime time TV show on BBC Two. It is a show where viewers are able to watch Lorrraine discuss her love of good food, while she expertly prepares a wide selection of recipes and talks about her love of baking.
Lorraine Pascale is no ordinary supermodel. Spotted at 16 by the same modeling agency scout who found Kate Moss, Lorraine spent the 90’s in-front of the camera in New York working alongside Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. The former face of Versace and Donna Karan has succeeded in a post-catwalk career in exquisite pastry creations. Still lithe-limbed and radiant, Lorraine’s passion moved from fashion to kitchen ovens to pastry schools and restaurants. Lorraine learned her trade in the kitchen at the Petrus, the Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley, following which she enrolled in a diploma program in Food & Wine at Leith’s, the renowned cookery school and then completed a patisserie degree. With a client list that includes Madonna and Guy Ritchie and Marco Pierre White, she set up her first shop called Ella’s Bakehouse, serving quality baked goods, including her legendary cupcakes, as well as a range of specialist coffees and teas.
Lorraine recently had to call in police after receiving a series of sickening taunts, which she retweeted to her 51,000 followers in an attempt to force the social networking site to take some steps to protect her from the abuse.
In one of her tweets she posted:
"How is that someone in the US is free to send me vile racist tweets on a daily basis yet @twitter does nothing to stop him? Can't keep quiet any longer. It hurts too much..."
Pascale then posted four of these racist tweets from her abuser, @spiderleman, one of several aliases used, in which she is called "unevolved" and a "black monkey".
"Sadly, this is not the first time racist comments have been directed at me on Twitter". says Pascale. "However, it is by far the worst example. I have therefore decided to report it to the police and speak out. I do this for myself and countless others who have to deal with this kind of abuse on a daily basis and are powerless to stop it."
The BBC 2 host and chef, whose programmes include Fast, Fresh And Easy Food stated that she had blocked and reported him/her/it but whoever it was kept opening different accounts every time. She has also contacted the UK police.
"Twitter in the UK have been on it and very helpful but Twitter in the US holds the key to doing something about it. Its been going on for weeks and is very unpleasant."
The abuser's Twitter account has since been suspended and a spokesman for the website declined to comment saying: "We don't comment on individual users."
Editors note: The world has far too many little cowards sitting in the dark at their computers trying to empower themselves by making ludicrous comments that they would never have the courage to utter in person. Generally, their nasty comments are directed at individuals that do have a strong enough sense of self to have succeeded - unlike the little coward sitting at his keyboard flinging his own self hatred about."
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