The Naked Chef has been spotted out and about Over Wyre, in search of some tossett.
Jamie Oliver was joined by farmer pal Jimmy Doherty in Preesall to film scenes for their next series of Channel 4’s Food Fight Club, in which they tour the nation looking for ancient recipes.
The duo were on the lookout for the age old tossett cake, which centuries ago formed part of the celebration of the patron saint of St Oswald in Stalmine.
They spent two days in the area, filming at St Oswald’s Church, St Aidans Technology College and at Parrox Hall where the whole community was invited for entertainment and tossett cake baking and judging.
Jimmy said: “We’re trying to bring back foods that were once popular and have disappeared into obscurity thanks to competition from mass-produced foods. These are foods that have become extinct. And what we’re trying to do is re-discover and re-invent all these regional lovelies and bring back to life our country’s forgotten culinary uniqueness.
“I think the tossett cake had everything we needed because it’s one of those foods that unites everyone. “We’re not talking about some obscure cured ham or caviar or a unique smoked cheese. This is a humble biscuit, a variation of a shortbread and it’s celebrating St Oswald, the King of the North, bringing together a community.
“And that’s what food is about, it’s real food, everyday food, but making it special and celebrating it. So by having the tossett cake we could have the tossett feast with all these wonderful people here.”
The cake is local to Stalmine and Preesall.
The Rev Shaun Baldwin, vicar for Over Wyre, said: “It’s a centuries old celebration of the saint’s feast day where the community got together and had some of this cake.
“It’s more of a biscuit really flavoured with caraway and coriander seeds.
“In recent years it’s fallen a bit by the way side, so this programme could hopefully rekindle the community interest.”
Mr Baldwin said the cake was very much a celebration of Christian heritage.
“What’s been done here is wonderful,” he said. “Over Wyre is not that well known nationally, so to get us out there and showcase our beautiful part of the world is absolutely fantastic.”
The ingredients used in Jamie and Jimmy’s quest to revitalise the tossett cake are being sponsored by Booths supermarkets.
The cake judged the winner by the two TV personalities could go on sale in the stores.
The new series of Food Fight Club will air next year.