Vicky Nowak from Manchester was the overall winner of the Eggs Factor Final and will be the face of eggs in next year’s Lion egg campaign.

She beat off tough competition at the final, held at Divertimenti Cookery School in London.

The competition that was launched back in May, aimed to identify somebody who could show cook eggs with panache. And they will front next year’s Lion egg campaign.

Regional finals were held at locations across the UK and just eight finalists were selected for the London finale that took place last month.

TV chef Paul Merrett, along with Amanda Cryer and Andrew Parker from the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC), completed the panel of judges.

The first round of the competition saw each of the contestants competed in a free-style challenge in front of the judging panel. Using Lion-coded free range eggs they were allowed to cook either a savoury or sweet dish. Rules stipulated 15 minutes’ preparation and just 10 minutes’ cooking time.

And the second round saw each of the finalists demonstrate and talk their way through how to cook a ham and cheese omelette within a five-minute time limit.

Mrs Nowak from Manchester was finally declared the winner with her delicious “smoked salmon carbonarish”

The judges said that the simplicity of the dish along with her bubbly personality impressed them the most.

Mrs Nowak won £5000 and will become the “Face of Eggs” in 2009.

Runner-up was Gary Parsons, the executive head chef from the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Westminster.