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Chip Leaders!

All eyes are on three chip shops in County Durham and Wales which have made it to

the National Fish and Chip Awards’ Field to Frier category final.

There have been several tough rounds with industry experts conducting interviews

and examining the hopefuls’ knowledge on all-things potato, including seasonal

variety selection, approaches for preparation and storage, as well as frying methods

for the all-important, crunchy exterior and fluffy-centred chip.

The awards’ judging processes are designed so that competitors are required to dig

deep to help raise the bar on standards and keep the fish and chip industry

energised and full of opportunity.

The awards ceremony on 28 February at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is the

next stop for the finalists, where they’ll find out who the Field to Frier winner is. The

businesses hoping to be crowned all that and a bag of chips are:

County Durham

Bells Fish and Chips, Durham


Finney’s Fish and Chips, Benllech

Ship Deck, Caerphilly 

Andrew Crook, president at the National Federation of Fish Friers, which organises

the National Fish and Chip Awards, says the Field to Frier category has been

outstanding. “The level of knowledge and skills these three fantastic fish and chip

shops have demonstrated to the experts is to be greatly applauded.

“The care and passion for creating delicious food is a testament to their success and

there’s no doubt that these chippies have even more to offer not only to their

customers but to the industry as well. It’s inspiring to be associated with such great

businesses and to play a small part in encouraging their growth.”

Isle of Ely Produce, supplier of more than two million bags of potatoes to the fish and

chip industry annually, is sponsoring the award alongside Agrico and its Babylon

variety - a newcomer in the potato game which is proving to be a hit with UK


Alex Moore, sales manager for Agrico, comments: “This is an extremely good top

three for our Field to Frier category. We look forward to them all trying Babylon

potatoes soon and the day of the awards to crown the winner.”

Isle of Ely Director Oliver Boutwood adds: “Once again, our award has been hotly

contested. Here at Isle of Ely Produce we look to champion the journey of the potato,

and these three finalists will all help us to do this in the coming year.”

Book your tickets now for the National Fish and Chip Awards on 28 February to

avoid disappointment later. Visit

For more information and bits on the National Fish and Chip Awards, please visit:

About Isle of Ely Produce:

Isle of Ely Produce supplies over 2 million bags of potatoes into the UK's fish and chip shops a year! That's around 70 million portions of chips. It has strong links to hundreds of growers and has educated thousands of chip shops on potato choice, storage and much more via its Field to Frier platform. It has seen strong growth recently in the export of potatoes to Europe and further afield.

About Agrico UK – Babylon:

Agrico UK offers new and innovative varieties of potatoes of proven quality, developed to

meet both the present and future demands of the UK market. Babylon is one of the latest

varieties winning praise from many of the UK's best fish and chip shops. Babylon is proud to

be the joint sponsor of the Field to Frier Award.

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