Award-winning owner of Fochabers Fish bar Darren Boothroyd is set to provide the deep fat training and has been invited to take his frying skills down under.
Darren Boothroyd is being paid by Scottish expats Pete and Ann Speight to fly over to Perth, Australia, and provide training at their recently opened business.
The married pair made contact after reading about the success of Fochabers Fish Bar, which has just been voted Scotland’s best chippy by industry experts.
But this request from the other side of the world came as a surprise to the Fochabers boss in Moray.
Darren explained: “I received an email out of the blue from this couple saying they had bought a fish and chip shop about five months before, but were struggling with several aspects of the business. They’d seen what we have achieved and wondered if I’d mind giving then some advice. No mention was made of where their shop was, they just said it wasn’t in competition with us.”
Darren began passing on his knowledge and responding to questions.
It was only after several emails that the couple revealed their shop is more than just a non-rival – it is a full 9,000 miles away.
In addition, the couple were asking Darren to come stay at their home for a week.
Darren, who took over the business in 2013 after leaving the RAF, is now flying out to Australia on Monday. He added: “The offer was made, and I went away and pondered things for precisely three seconds, before saying I would love to go. The last time I faced a plane journey this long was on a posting to the Falklands, but the weather promises to be a bit better this time around.”
Pete and Ann, who hail from the west coast and Arbroath respectively, moved to Australia for a better quality of life in the sun. However, the oil industry in Australia has been hit just like it has in Scotland.