BACON producer Roger Bowden of Wych Bacon and Pork of Malpas made the final five places in the North West region of the Local Food Hero 2008 awards.
The show is presented by Gary Rhodes on UKTV Food and the episode was screened on UKTV Food last week.
Mr Bowden beat 20 nominations for a place in the final five. Although he did not emerge as the overall winner, Wych Bacon was praised by Gary Rhodes and North West chef Simon Rimmer for the high quality of its produce and for the outstanding effort they contribute to their local community.
Mr Bowden sent maple smoked bacon, rindless black streaky bacon, cracked black pepper sausages, pork and leek sausages, tomato and mozzarella pork grills and Wych black gammon steaks along for the chefs to sample.
The show filmed at Wych Bacon’s Wigland premises in the summer.
Local Food Heroes returned for the third year, and scoured the length and breadth of the nation to find those businesses that help put great food on our plates.
The awards are a tribute to Britain’s independent food businesses, and food lovers were asked to nominate their food heroes.
The series celebrates the strongest contenders from each region, picking five finalists per region, and at the end of each episode, a winner is selected.
In the final, all 10 regional winners battled it out for the honour of being crowned UKTV’s Local Food Hero 2008.
Mr Bowden said: “We enjoyed taking part, the show is very well put together, and we are grateful to our customers who voted for us online in the summer.
“We were in the top 20 in the north west, then after being interviewed, we went into the top five.”
Mr Bowden, who employs two staff members, is now gearing up for the busy Christmas markets, and will be at Whitchurch Market on Fridays and a new Farmers’ Market in Market Drayton on Sunday, December 14.