The owner of a takeaway in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is planning to open the world’s highest pop up fish and chip shop on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Malachy Mallon, owner of The Dolphin Takeaway in Dungannon, hopes to take part in the eight day climb in August next year and, on arrival at base camp, take over the kitchen facilities to serve fish and chips to climbers.
He comments: “I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and I thought wouldn’t it be great to open the highest pop up fish and chip shop in the world at the same time. It will be a great positive PR story for fish and chips.
“I’m just waiting to hear back from the company organising the trek to see how it can be facilitated, but I know from looking at the menu available at top camp now that they already offer fried food of sorts, so I’m very hopeful it’s something I can do.”
At an impressive 5,895m above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
If the trip gets the green light, Malachy hopes to get a team together from the fish and chip industry to join him on the trek, although he warns it’s not for the feint-hearted.
“Anyone wanting to join me really does need to start their training now," he says. "I’m already looking at spending 12 hours at a time in the hills because it’s not just the physical side of it, it’s the altitude that can cause the problems. After all, Kilimanjaro is at an altitude of about 20,000ft - aeroplanes fly at around 30,000ft, just to give people some idea."
The chip shop owner is no stranger to physical challenges, having cycled over 1,500 miles
in the summer taking in all ten regional winners in this year’s Independent Takeaway Fish & Chip Award.