“To connive at the killing of animals, while being too lily-livered to kill them yourselves is despicable”
John Seymour- ‘The Fat of the Land’
Jamie Oliver’s mission to take young people off the dole and then turn them into chefs isn’t just a stunt for a TV show. Long after the TV series has ended Jamie continues to recruit young trainees- except that now there are 28 rather than 15. Every year they are despatched to Peter Gott’s farm, to see a good old fashioned free range pig farm in operation. Peter is, I would say, the Lake District’s greatest ambassador, regularly appearing on TV with Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty and supplying his pork and wild boar meat to the great and the good of London. This is the 9th consecutive year in which he has taken in Jaime’s trainees.
Tonight Peter brought Jamie’s latest batch of 28 youngsters to the Sawrey Hotel where they enjoyed a game pie in the Sawrey’s beautiful new bar. They had spent the day being taught by Peter how to wring a cockerel’s neck. Tomorrow they will clean, pluck and cook the birds. They spoke about their adventure with enormous enthusiasm- it’s clear that Peter’s great gusto has rubbed off on them.