A Camphill Village Trust (CVT) community at Botton Village is set to star in BBC television cookery programme Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds today (Mon Nov 11).
Botton, which is one of nine CVT communities in England, is home to 102 adults with learning disabilities.
Food production is an important part of everyday life at the village, which has five organic farms which rear livestock, produce milk and grow crops.
Filming for the Pies and Puds programme took place at Botton’s High Farm and in the village creamery in October.
The TV crew followed the complete cheese-making process, from the cows being milked to the cheese being produced and eaten.
Botton residents Ian Hatcher and Rob Rowland, along with creamery manager Alistair Pearson, then travelled down to London to meet celebrity chef Paul Hollywood. The trio were filmed helping the Great British Bake Off host to cook a pie using organic onions and cheese from Botton.
Rob, who has lived at Botton for more than 25 years, said the experience had been amazing.
“We went to the place where it all happened, with cameras zooming in and everything,” he said.
“Paul Hollywood asked questions about the cheddar, brie and gouda, and he asked me to mash the potatoes for the pie. Then we ate it afterwards - he gave us a slice each, just on its own, and it was very nice indeed.”
The programme will air on BBC 1 today at 3.45pm.
Huw John, CVT chief executive, said: “It’s fantastic that Botton was chosen to be included in the programme. “Everyone there was thrilled to be involved and we are all looking forward to seeing the programme when it is broadcast.
“It should showcase some of the brilliant food production that goes on at Botton and will allow people to see how our residents enjoy living in and contributing to their CVT communities.”
Series producer Dunk Barnes said: “The Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds team at Spun Gold for BBC were delighted to be given permission to visit the community at Botton for a day of filming.
“The warmth and welcome from everyone we met made it a fantastic day, and we think the film is noteworthy addition to the series.
“Paul was genuinely impressed with the cheeses made by Alastair Pearson and his team of cheese-makers, and really enjoyed cooking with Alastair, Ian and Rob when they visited London for the kitchen filming.
“We wish the whole cheese-making team at Botton every success for their cheeses of the future!”