RT.Hon. Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) came along to Our Plaice to congratulate James on his award. Even got him frying some chips! Along with Nicky and Kelvin from Drywite.
To earn his 3rd place spot, James had to showcase his talents during a rigorous, multi-stage judging process; encompassing exam questionnaires and in-depth telephone interviews conducted by senior industry experts. He was subjected to further appraisal as he received a skills based assessment and underwent a personal interview during a comprehensive judging day at the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Training School in Leeds, West Yorkshire. James also received a mystery judging visit at his respective workplace to test his skills and knowledge whilst in his own working environment.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, commented: “The aim of the National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry. “We’ve been extremely impressed by the high standard of talent in the young fish frier category this year. The marginal difference between who is successful and who misses out gets smaller year-on-year, but James has a wealth of skill and passion, and this was demonstrated in abundance throughout the judging process.
Award sponsor Kelvin Lee, Managing Director of Drywite Ltd, said: “Now in its 22nd year, this award showcases the exceptionally high quality of young talent emerging – the standard of which makes me very proud.
Now in their 29th year, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 14 different award categories.
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