Bex Brewer opened Port & Starboard in St Columb, Cornwall, three years ago aged 19, she cites her parents and fellow young fish frier Lauren Kellaway among those that have inspirited her.
“My mum and dad have been a great inspiration to me, they are both farmers and although they hadn’t worked in fish and chips before I bought the shop, they taught me about hard work and the importance of having a good work ethic.
“I’ve had lots of advice from our reps, Helen at T.Quality and Jason at Middletons, as well as Lauren Kellaway from Kellaway’s Fish & Chips in Truro. I was brand new to the industry – I’d been a chef before but I’d never run a fish and chip shop – and their advice and help has given me the confidence to believe I can do this and do it well. It was Lauren actually that encouraged me to take part in the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year competition, which has lead to further opportunities and put me in touch with many other great people.
“I really want to be the best and I think we’re on track to do that. We’ve just had a big refit and installed a new Kiremko frying range, which is working brilliantly and making frying a lot easier. To be at this point after just three years is incredible and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help and support I’ve and from all these people.
“One day, I hope I can share the advice that I’ve been given to help others.”
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