The owner of the UK’s best Independent Fish & Chip Takeaway has been awarded one of the industry’s top accolades for sustainability.
Craig Maw, who owns Kingfisher in Plymouth with partner Nikki Mutton, has been named UK Chef of the Year by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
in recognition of his commitment to serving MSC certified sustainable and traceable fish at his takeaway. Offering an impressive 12 MSC certified species, Kingfisher was awarded the MSC’s Best UK Menu award last year.
Speaking about the award, Craig said: “I am delighted to have been awarded MSC UK Chef of the Year 2017. At Kingfisher, we wholeheartedly champion sustainability and place this important issue at the centre of our business. By having 12 MSC certified species on our menu, including delicious haddock, Cornish sardine fish cakes and our signature lobster and chips, we hope to raise the profile of MSC and sustainability for the sake of our oceans and the future. Our mobile fish and chip van is also MSC certified, allowing us to take our award winning fish and chips to other areas while promoting sustainability and the great work MSC does.”
MSC senior commercial manager North East Atlantic, George Clark, comments: “Craig, our MSC Chef of the Year 2017, has put sustainability at the heart of Kingfisher. A menu offering 12 MSC certified species of fish is no mean feat. It’s a great example of how a small business can have a massive impact on the environment by committing to sustainable sourcing. Every MSC certified fish supper served supports the fishermen making the extra effort to land catch that is sustainable and traceable. Our aim is for all fish and chip shops to eventually serve MSC fish and Craig is certainly leading the way.”
Twelve accolades were awarded by the MSC with Whitbread-owned Premier Inn named UK Newcomer of the Year after becoming the world’s largest hotel group to be MSC certified earlier this year. Hilton hotels won UK Menu of the Year following its campaign for Seafood Week which saw hotel chefs using up to 14 MSC certified species on menus, while Sainsbury’s took the MSC UK Supermarket of the Year award for the fourth year running.
Brakes, which offers the largest range of MSC products in foodservice, won UK Supplier of the Year for the fourth year running .
With over 1,000 MSC products available in supermarkets and 90 MSC certified chip shops, the awards highlight the increasing range of sustainable seafood choices for shoppers and diners.