American pie perfect for TV
A tasty coconut pie has won a community choir a place on a prime-time ITV show.
The Global Harmony Community Choir in Melton is to be featured on Food Glorious Food, hosted by Carol Vorderman, after the production company called up asking for good recipes.
The choir's oldest member, Mary Ward, 79, made the pie from a recipe she was given 40 years ago and during their appearance on the show, members of the choir will also be entertaining the show's judges with a song about coconuts.
Mary, who lives in Melton, said: "It's a recipe I got during a year in America and I've still got the piece of paper it's written on.
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"The choir sings a song about coconut and lime so I added some lime to the pie for the programme and it was delicious."
The choir was offered the chance to feature on the show after musical director Liz Underhill received a phone call out of the blue from television production company, Optomen.
She said: "They were getting in touch with community groups in the region and was wondering if anyone could help them find favourite recipes that had been in people's families for some time.
"At the next meeting a member of the choir mentioned the coconut song we sang and Mary said she had a good recipe for coconut pie.
"Mary brought a pie along to the next meeting and it was delicious."
The TV company visited to film in Melton and then invited the choir up to Harrogate in Yorkshire to be in the contest.
About 30 members travelled to the spa town to sing and present their pie.
For the show they were introduced to the Prince of Wales' step-son, Tom Parker Bowles, who judged the pie.
"He tasted it and said it was absolutely delicious and wanted to know all about it," said Liz.
Mary said: "It was lovely to go and take the pie up to Harrogate and Tom Parker Bowles was a very nice man.
"I think most of us women could have taken him home!"
When their episode airs they will be up against five other recipes from other community groups.
The choir, which holds regular concerts for charity and sings without accompaniment, will be appearing on one of the next eight shows.
The programmes are an hour long and will be broadcast weekly on Wednesdays at 8pm on ITV1.
One recipe will go on to the national final with the chance of winning £20,000 and all featured recipes, along with pictures of Global Harmony and other choirs, are in a new book to go with the series and is available now.