Pete Calvert is delivering on the promise he made when he became Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year - to help promote fish and chips to the younger generation
Since becoming the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year (DYFFY) in January, things have been very busy, but I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
I’ve had some amazing experiences so far, in February I had the opportunity to host students from a Level 1 Hospitality and Catering course at Selby college at Mister C’s to show them what it's like to work in the fish and chip industry. I showed them various things from our preparation routines to our frying techniques. It surprised them to see how much actually goes into making excellent quality fish and chips as well as our passion. I was also given the chance to be their guest assessor on the deep-frying segment of their course, which was a surprise to them. This was an amazing opportunity for me as I got to see their processes as well as the passion for working with food.
I’ve also attended an apprenticeship evening at Selby college to help young students coming out of high school see the various opportunities that the fish and chip industry has to offer and hopefully encourage young people to look at it as a career goal.
Finally, we had the exciting privilege of having our local MP, Nigel Adams, join us for lunch at Mister C’s. It was a fantastic chance to talk about my ambitions as the DYFFY winner, how I came into the industry and why it is important to introduce more young people into such a highly established and strong national industry.
In March, I attended two courses at the NFFF training academy in Leeds. The first was the best practice day for the DYFFY competition, designed to help enhance the skills of those that have entered before so they are ready for entering again this year. This was my first time speaking to other friers as a DYFFY winner and I was more than happy to talk about my experience last year and what it was like to win, as well encouraging them to enter again this year.
The second course was the introduction to the DYFFY competition for young friers who have never entered before and who were looking at giving it a try. It was a great chance to show them the various best practice methods and knowledge that can be used to help them through their first time of entering, as well as networking and meeting others from around the country to learn and see other methods used throughout the industry.
We have also been extremely busy at Mister C’s with our new click & collect app as well as launching our very own delivery service for the local area. We are very excited about this new venture as many of our customers no longer have to face travelling yet still get our fresh, high quality products. It’s the way forward.