The 2021 National Fish & Chip Awards has been cancelled due to the current situation with coronavirus in the UK which has led to many fish and chip shops and restaurants temporarily closing. The announcement was made by competition organisers Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry.
Entries for the 2021 National Fish & Chip Awards were due to open on 1 May 2020, with judging to take place in late summer ahead of the awards ceremony next January. In light of COVID-19 restrictions and the resulting closure of many UK fish and chip businesses, Seafish have decided to cancel this year’s competition, and turn its focus to helping fish and chip businesses to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Marcus Coleman, CEO at Seafish said, “We’re aware of the huge impact COVID-19 is having on fish and chip businesses across the UK. In over thirty years of running the National Fish & Chip Awards, the industry has never faced such a difficult situation and it’s very sad that so many shops have been forced to temporarily close their doors over recent weeks.