National FC Awards 2013
Independent Fish & Chip Takeaway Of The Year Winners Again..
The Bay, Stonehaven
Calum Richardson and fryer Stuart Adams
The shop, run by Calum Richardson and his wife Lindsay Richardson, was announced as Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2013 by comedian and awards host Rory Bremner at a glittering evening ceremony at London’s Lancaster London Hotel.pictured Calum Richardson (left) and manager Stuart Adams at an award ceremony in the Royal Lancaster Hotel.
3rd Place Hanbury’s, Babbacombe
David Hanbury and fryer Jake Thorne
The Bay in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, has been crowned the best British fish and chip shop after ‘battering’ its rivals in the 25th National Fish and Chip Awards 2013. The Bay, not content with winning the top award of the evening, also bagged The Good Catch Award, having shown great initiative in improving the environmentally responsible practices of their business and for their awareness-raising efforts regarding the importance of sustainably-sourced seafood.
Calum Richardson, owner of The Bay said: “To be named the best fish and chip shop in the UK is a massive honour and a dream come true. Over the last few years we have put so much effort into our business and take pride in what we produce and the service we give our customers. This is without doubt one of our biggest achievements to date and is a great opportunity for the business to grow. It is not without the hard work from all the staff, not to mention the support and loyalty shown by our customers and suppliers which has helped us win this award. To say we are delighted is an understatement and we can’t wait to take both awards back to take pride of place in our shop.”
Calum has been a loyal Kiremko customer, who only replaced his 4 Pan Kiremko Counter range last year with a larger 5 Pan Counter range with built in hob and grill last year due to the increased trade from being Regional Winner in the 2012 National Fish & Chip Awards. We have no doubt that this range will be put to test with previous winners advising that their takings doubled after winning this prestigious award. However Calum joins 12 other previous Kiremko customers who have also won this award, each time Kiremko continues to cope and exceed expectations.
Congratulations also to David Hanbury from Hanbury’s in Babbacombe for winning 3rd place, this is the second year running that Hanbury’s have reached the Top 3.
Other Kiremko Regional Winners include:
- Wales – The Crispy Cod, Mathew Williams
- Ireland – Pit Stop Fast Food &Bistro, Alan Hanna
- North East – Quayside, Stuart Fusco
All fish and chip shops have received an in-depth judging visit from an industry expert. Representatives from all shops then visit Norway for a study trip organised by Seafish in conjunction with the Norwegian Seafood Export Council before the grand final which took place in London.
Congratulations to the following Kiremko winners also…
Fish and Chip Operator Award
Pantrini’s Fish & Chips,
|Marketing Innovation Award
The Ashvale Fish Restaurant, Aberdeen
KFE School of Frying Excellence are proud to sponsor these awards which provide a great platform for media activity/PR opportunities for individual entrants and the fish and chip sector as a whole. There are great media opportunities to be gained by shops by just participating. The Awards also provide a benchmark for business development and can be a strong motivational tool for staff.
We are no ordinary training academy. Our training team of Nigel Hodgson, Mark Petrou and Gordon Hillan are all previous National Fish & Chip Shop of the Year winners and our premises are purpose-built to the highest standards of design and hygiene, incorporating only the very best equipment and ingredients. We are proud to have trained some fantastic friers, including Best Newcomer Finalist John Phantis from Fish & Chips @, Regional Finalists in Independent Fish and Chip Takeaway of the year Mathew Williams from The Crispy Cod and Chris Richardson from Richardson’s and Young Frier of the Year Runners Up Cem Oktem and Leigh Foster.
At the end of last year KFE hosted a study trip over to the QBTEC factory in Holland where both Perfecta and Kiremko ranges are manufactured for 13 of the country’s top Young Fish Friers. The group included this year’s Young Fish Frier of the year finalists; Dean Chappelhow, Leigh Foster, Carlyn Kearney and Cem Oktem and previous winners Raymond Fusco, Dan Harding, Craig Buckley and Zohaib Hussain. Briar and Ken Wilkinson of Drywite also came along to offer their support as sponsor of the Young Fish Frier of the Year Award. The group were shown around the 12000 m2 factory, seeing the production line and equipment in action helped the Young Friers understand the precision planning and engineering that goes into building the latest high efficiency range’s, a visit to a local Award Winning Dutch style Cafeteria and Fish Restaurant were also enjoyed.