Swaffham man compared to celebrity chef after appearing on The Chase
After appearing on a well-known television quiz show, a Swaffham man has received national recognition for looking very similar to celebrity chef, Paul Hollywood.
Alan Sagrott, who has lived in the town for 23 years, was a contestant on ITV programme The Chase, which was broadcast last Thursday.
Mr Sagrott, who has had his photograph taken with Mr Hollywood at Norwich Theatre Royal, said he received loads of messages after appearing on the show saying he looked like the Bake Off star.
After applying for the show last January (on the basis that looking like Mr Hollywood would give him more chance), Mr Sagrott auditioned for the role at Norwich in March following a 30-minute telephone interview for the first stage.
Mr Sagrott was told 32,000 people had applied to be on the show, and he was lucky enough to receive a phone call in November before being filmed at the start of December, 2018.
“I could not give away how much I had won or who the Chaser was, not even to my wife and daughter,” Mr Sagrott said.
“I had to keep throwing them off scent and tried to bluff it.”
On being filmed, he added: “Most people think there is an audience but there is not.
“The sounds are all taped and I was surprised how small the studio was.”
Mr Sagrott, who has played hockey for the Pelicans since 1984, has appeared in articles by the Express and Daily Star with the latter calling him Mr Hollywood’s “identical twin”.
Known locally as 'Saggy', he was asked to assist in judging a Swaffham Bake Off competition, organised by the town council in December 2013.
He also recalled South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss commenting on his resemblance to Mr Hollywood in September 2014 during a Breckland Food and Drink Festival.
Mr Sagrott's appearance on The Chase was aired on Thursday, October 17. After beating the Chaser (The Sinnerman) in an early round, 'Saggy' did not emerge triumphant in the final stage.
Despite falling at the final hurdle, Mr Sagrott said it was a "great experience".
He added: "My hockey club Pelicans were pleased as they got a mention in the show and even tasted my signature bake of Lemon drizzle I made for them on Saturday."