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When it comes to afters Alan is the tops

PUBLISHED: 17:03 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 05 July 2010

AN innovative, irresistible dessert has proved to be the tops in the east of England.

And for the Lowestoft-based creator of a bread and butter meringue flan, the top dish will now be competing in the national final heats next month.

AN innovative, irresistible dessert has proved to be the tops in the east of England.

And for the Lowestoft-based creator of a bread and butter meringue flan, the top dish will now be competing in the national final heats next month.

Former Lowestoft College student, Alan Sinclair, has twice wowed the judges John Burton-Race, Jilly Goolden and Ed Baines with his summer fruits, short-cut pastry and meringue masterpiece.

After beating off competition from more than 100 wannabes to progress to the television stages, Mr Sinclair appeared on the hit ITV1 television show Britain's Best Dish on Friday in the regional heats for the east of England.

The 49-year-old Birds Eye forklift driver will now compete in the national final heats on October 22. And this week, he told The Journal that he was delighted.

“It was really great when they told me I'd won,” he said. “I was not sure if I was going to get through as I'd had a couple of bad comments, so it was a surprise.

“Basically it will be a cook-off between the seven regional winners and I'll be fighting for the top two places. The cooking will be at Westminister College and as well as the three main judges, we are also cooking for three food critics - Charles Campion (Evening Standard), Sophie Grigson (BBC1 chef, food critic and author) and Bill Buckley (restaurant critic for viewlondon.co.uk).

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