As many of you already know, this week was Paul and Wendy’s wedding anniversary and we have managed to get them to take 5 minutes from their busy schedule to ask them a few questions.
How long have you know each other?
Wendy: 30 years in January
Paul: Too long!
Who came up with the idea of Cheshire farm chips?
Paul: Wendy, but interestingly, I wanted to diversify into making crisps originally, however Wendy had the last say and the rest is history.
What is your favourite product and why?
Wendy: I like them all, but I’ve got to say it’s the chips. It’s where the whole inspiration for the company came from, and I feel very proud to hear people saying regularly that they are the best chips in the country.
Paul: The hand cut chips so I can smother them in tomato ketchup.
Wendy, you claim to be the reason why the rest of the family support Bolton wanderers, whys that?
Wendy: I was born in Blackrod in Lancashire and my father supported Bolton since the age of 5. He took me to my first football match at the age of 7 and I was hooked. I took my youngest son Steven to his first match when he was 4. I tried to spare Lucy the pain of supporting Bolton, but half way through Steven’s first season Lucy came to a match and yes you guessed it she was hooked. Both children had their own season ticket from the age of 5 and 7 respectively. Paul was harder to convert. He has been quoted to say that he would rather stick pins in his eyes than watch any football match, and only came under protest to the odd Boxing Day match – the alternative being home alone. I’m not sure what the turning point was, but 10 years ago Paul took over my season ticket and hasn’t let me have it back yet.
If you could have any celebrity round for tea who would it be and what would you serve up?
Wendy: It would be Peter Jones off Dragon’s Den and I would serve him a roast dinner with our roast potatoes in goose fat. Mainly because that’s the thing I cook best.
Paul: It would have to be Peter Kay, he is so funny and a fellow northerner, I also think he would love our chips. With plenty of tomato ketchup of course.
When you were a child what did you want to be when you were older?
We both wanted to be farmers, and guess what we grew up to be?