Moore’s Fish and Chips in Castle Douglas was announced today (Tuesday) as the top fish and chip shop in Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway as they compete to be crowned Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, as part of the 2015 National Fish and Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Moore’s will now ‘fry’ for glory against Frankie’s Fish and Chips in Brae, Shetland to determine the overall winning shop for Scotland.
Each will be judged by an industry expert as they undergo un-announced judging visits and will be assessed on a wide range of criteria including product quality, sustainable sourcing policies, marketing initiatives and customer service. This next stage of the competition will determine the overall top shop for Scotland which will compete against nine other regional winners at the national final.
Culminating in an awards ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel on 20 January 2015, The National Fish and Chip Awards recognise the quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses across the UK. Every year, event organisers Seafish seek out the best talent to recognise those achieving the highest standards in the fish frying industry.
Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Seafish, said: “Seafish have organised the awards for the past 27 years with the aim of showcasing the very best, while setting increasingly high standards for the industry.
“I would like to offer up my congratulations to the shortlisted shops and wish them the best of luck as they battle for the regional winner title. The bar is constantly rising and I can’t wait to see the top fryers go head-to-head at this year’s awards ceremony.”
In October, Seafish will announce the top 10 regional shops competing for the flagship award. These shops will then be invited on a study trip to Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council to see first-hand why Norway is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.
Joint award sponsor David Lovell, Business Director of Foodservice for Henry Jones, said: “We are proud to support a category that acknowledges the hard work and vision of people working in the industry. The importance of recognising businesses that make every effort to uphold fish and chips as the National Dish cannot be stressed enough. We’re looking forward to seeing who comes out on top this year.”