The 10 friers in the running for the 2018 Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award have been announced and they include three colleagues from the same fish and chip shop as well as a finalist in this year’s competition.
Andy Hillier of Harbourside Fish & Chips in Plymouth was in the top five this year, while newcomers Katie Gray, Iona Wilson and Alex Walker are all representing Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
They are joined by Peter Calvert of Mister C’s in Selby, North Yorkshire, Sam Parry of Top Chippy in Conwy, North Wales, Magda Ganea of Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Stirling, Brett Coulton of Black’s Finest Fish & Chips in Halton, Lancashire, Jason Wales of Scrap Box in York and Charlie Collins of Frydales in Leicester.
To get to this stage in the competition the young friers have faced a rigorous judging process, undergoing exam questionnaires and in-depth telephone interviews conducted by senior industry experts.
Over the coming weeks, the 10 semi-finalists will be subjected to further appraisal as they receive a skills based assessment and a personal interview during a comprehensive judging day at the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Training School in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This stage of judging will whittle down the shortlist to five finalists.
Kelvin Lee, managing director of Drywite, said: “The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award has attracted an exceptionally high standard of entries again this year, making the judges’ job of whittling it down to 10 semi finalists very difficult. It’s great to see so many young friers with a real passion for the industry and I am confident that the future of fish and chips is safe in their hands.”
The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award encourages the fish and chip industry’s younger generation to nurture and expand their skills to become expert friers and positive role models.
The winner will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25th January 2018.