The UK’s top five young fish friers have been revealed today as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Named as finalists for the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award – one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – the five up-and-coming young friers (in alphabetical order by surname) are:
- Peter Calvert of Mister C’s in Selby, North Yorkshire
- Charlie Collins of Frydales in Leicester, East Midlands
- Magda Ganea of The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Stirlingshire
- Andrew Hillier of Harbourside Fish & Chips in Plymouth, Devon
- Sam Parry of Top Chippy in Conwy, North Wales
The five finalists will now go head-to-head as they vie to be crowned the UK’s ‘best young fish frier’ at the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip industry.
The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award was developed to encourage the fish and chip industry’s younger employees* to nurture and expand their skills to become expert friers and positive role models for the next generation.
To get to this stage and secure a place as a finalist, the young friers have faced a rigorous judging process, undergoing exam questionnaires and in-depth telephone interviews conducted by senior industry experts. They also received a skills based assessment and personal interview during a comprehensive judging day at the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Training School in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Kelvin Lee, Managing Director at Drywite Ltd, comments: “I spent two thoroughly enjoyable days at NFFF headquarters, helping to judge 10 extremely talented young friers in the semi-final of the competition.
“After testing them on their practical skills, as well as their marketing and presentation abilities, we have now been able to pick five exceptional candidates to go through to the final.
“These five finalists will now receive a mystery shop visit within the next few weeks as we judge their practical skills within their own working environment.”
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “Young people today have more of a choice than ever when it comes to selecting a professional career path. However, many still consider the traditional route of higher education and university as the only answer.
“The size and diversity of the hospitality sector, and the variety of professions available within it, mean that it holds fantastic career opportunities for young people. This award works as an excellent platform to demonstrate how rewarding a career in the fish frying trade is and encourages current young friers to the best that they can be.
“Our finalists this year are a credit to our industry and highlight what can be achieved within the fish and chip trade when you apply the right skills and passion. All five finalists should be very proud – a massive congratulations and good luck!”
The winner of the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018.
*Entrants must be under 25 years at 31 December 2017 and have six months’ experience to be able to enter.