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Columbus man in finals for national BBQ competition

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Jonathon Wilson used to be a sales representative for Lowes, but says he traded in his suit and tie for an apron and a grill.

"I've been cooking barbecue since the age of 15. My grandfather and father taught me how to do it, so I started doing it for fun," he says.

Wilson, from our area and graduated from Columbus High in 1990.

While in Columbus, Wilson was inspired by local Barbecue Restaurants like Country's and Chester's. That's why he packed up and moved to New Orleans.

"I would never open a barbecue place in Columbus, because there's so many good spots there. In New Orleans there's no good barbecue here and that's why we started," he adds.

"He started cooking there in his backyard and people just loved his barbecue," says Jonathon's mom, Mary Ann Warner.

Pull My Pork is the name of Wilson's Barbecue joint in New Orleans.

His slogan is, "We're not famous...yet."

But he could be after this weekend.

Some of Wilson's customers nominated him in the Regis and Kelly Best Pulled Pork Competition. Now he's up against four other restaurant owners in the national competition.

Wilson's entry video was shown on the Regis and Kelly Show Friday morning.

You can vote for Wilson by clicking on the RegisandKelly link and then clicking on the Ultimate Grill Off tab. Click vote, register and then click on Jonathan Wilson's name.

Wilson's mom in Columbus plans to vote and cooking up as much support as she can.

"He's a georgia boy from right here in columbus and has done well. SO I ask for support for him," she says.

Regis And Kelly

http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/index.html

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