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Mary Berry visits The School of Artisan Food

Posted on September 17, 2014

We are basking in Mary Berry's reflected glory. Last Thursday BBC 1 aired an episode of ‘Who do You Think You Are?’ in which she discovered that her Great Great Grandfather, Robert Houghton, was a baker. He lived in Norwich and, among other things, supplied bread to the workhouse.

Looking for a venue where Mary Berry could recreate her Great Great Grandfather's recipes as authentically as possible, the production company came upon the Welbeck Bakehouse, which is located next door to the School.

Mary was given the task of hand moulding and shaping loaves on the huge wooden table and baking in the enormous wood-fired ovens built for the Bakehouse by Alf Armstrong from Cumbria. Around 4.6 million viewers were able to get a glimpse of traditional bread being baked in the School’s courtyard and to see for themselves some of our surroundings.

We were all a bit over-excited about Mary’s visit, bringing out battered old cookbooks for her to sign and getting ridiculously star-struck about the television crew milling about and having some of the School's famed delicious lunches. Bakers Richard and Joe (who is a graduate of our one-year diploma course in baking) can be seen helping with the bread production, and are now enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Congratulations to the Welbeck Bakehouse for one of your moments in the sun; as we say, we are reflecting in neighbourly glory.

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