I’ve recently played host to a TV crew from the BBC who came to my house to film for the One Show, which is broadcast every weekday night after the news on BBC1.
Their Scottish presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli also came along to front the programme.
The production company approached me after I appeared on the Sunday Life programme a couple of months ago, as I’d enjoyed it so much and offered to get involved in any future productions the were doing in the area.
This time, it was for a feature on retro foods and they wanted me to host a fondue party for my friends.
I have to admit never having been to such a party or had fondue myself before. I know it’s still popular in European skiing resorts but I haven’t ventured on to the slopes yet so I’m a fondue virgin.
I agreed to be the host as long as I wasn’t being relied upon to do the cooking too. I’m much more comfortable telling jokes in the dining room to keep guests entertained than donning my pinny in the kitchen.
I invited four friends around including Sylvia from Leeds City Council and Sarah from Lightmedia, who’s company provide those giant TV screens used at outdoor events, plus my mum, sister and Michael’s mum Val.
They were all really nervous about being filmed – it’s one thing to be on TV but another to be filmed with hot cheese dribbling down your chin!
Hardeep was lovely, putting everyone at ease and he’s got a great sense of humour.
ŠMy mum was on top form too as she loves to tell stories and recounted how years ago when she worked on the cheese counter at Schofields in Leeds she put on three stone in two years from nibbling cheese all day!
It was a lovely intimate gathering, everyone had great fun. They let me keep the fondue set too so I’m trying to get a fondue revival going and bring it back in vogue.
Anything the Europeans can do…..