“I’ve nominated Chloe because she’s a go and get it done person. We could be queued down the street but she just puts her head down and gets on with it. If I need someone to stay, her hand goes up and if I have extra jobs, she’ll always put her name forward but, mostly, I think it’s her positive attitude to make the shop busier.”
How long have you worked at The
Since April 2019. Originally I was hired for the Waterfront as The Wee Chippy was still being renovated at the time. In June 2019, The Wee Chippy was ready to re-open and I moved over to start with a new team and a new shop. I trained to be on the counter team but as time went on I couldn’t help but focus on what the friers were doing. I asked Chris if I could train as a frier instead, he agreed and I’ve worked constantly on bettering my frying skills.
What are your responsibilities?
My responsibilities include opening the shop, food prep — everything is cut fresh for the day ahead and labelled to make sure nothing is kept past its use by date — stock checking and ordering. When deliveries come, I ensure everything is rotated so the older products are used first. When I’m frying, I’m in charge of the pans, keeping them clean and knowing when it’s time to change them. I also check the till and the float and just generally check round the shop to make sure everything is spick and span.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Getting to know my locals, my regulars who always have fantastic things to say. It really makes the hard work feel like it’s paid off. When you have people travelling hundreds of miles just for your fish and chips, there’s something so rewarding. When customers ask for that quick selfie before they go, or they come back every couple of weeks and you get to know little things about their life and vice versa, that, to me, makes all the hours that I’ve worked worth it.
What’s your least favourite part of
Honestly, I love my job and I couldn’t really say I have a least favourite part. I love the challenges I face on a day-to-day basis. I even love cleaning, but when cleaning the floor drains, that really makes me reconsider what I do!
What is it that you like about working at The Wee Chippy?
It feels more of a family than a work place. For someone who’s grown up without a lot of stability in my life, The Wee Chippy gave me that stability I’ve always felt I’ve needed. It’s helped me progress as a person and I’ve made friends for life here.
How do you feel about being nominated as an unsung hero?
It came as quite a shock to be honest, but I also feel proud and it’s very rewarding. To know that all my hard work is paying off and I’m being recognised just feels surreal. Big thanks to my bosses, Chris and Louise, as they’ve really taken me under their wing and helped me immensely.