FRYING TO THE FINISH: MISTER C’S SCOOPS TWO NATIONAL AWARDS

MISTER C’S SCOOPS TWO NATIONAL AWARDS

Mister C’s in Selby, has today fried out on top after winning two national awards in the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. The shop has picked up the award for the country’s leading fish and chip business offering the perfect chip, and Mister C’s General Manager, Peter Calvert, has been crowned the UK’s best young fish frier during a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London - an event widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip world.

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To secure the top spot and become the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year*, Peter has faced a rigorous, multi-stage judging process, undergoing exam questionnaires and in-depth telephone interviews conducted by senior industry experts. He also received a skills based assessment and personal interview during a comprehensive judging day at the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Training School in Leeds, West Yorkshire, as well as receiving a mystery judging visit at his respective workplace to test his skills and knowledge while in his own working environment.

The From Field to Frier Award, sponsored by Isle of Ely Produce, recognises businesses for their efforts in creating the perfect chip. Mister C’s was assessed against a wide variety of judging criteria with a specific focus on their policies and procedures in the responsible sourcing of potatoes. The staff at Mister C’s were also assessed on their potato knowledge, including types and seasonality, storage and preparation of raw ingredients, and underwent in-depth judging visits to review both the front and back-of-house practices of the business.

Commenting on their award win after receiving the distinguished trophy from awards host, Nigel Barden, voice of food and drink on BBC Radio 2, Mark Corbally, Managing Director at Mister C’s, said: “Our team works incredibly hard and I think this can been seen in our success in winning not only one but two awards! “We pride ourselves on working with local potato growers who provide the highest quality product, so to be recognised in the Field to Frier Award category is fantastic. We frequently review our choice of potatoes and have nurtured strong working relationships with our suppliers - something that is so important in ensuring we have the best chips to complement our fish. “Peter started with us after leaving the army, and has since developed his skills to become a great frier.

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He’ll be a fantastic ambassador for the industry.” Peter Calvert, Manager at Mister C’s, added: “The awards have been a complete eye-opener for me, and allowed me to see and understand so much more of the industry, all while learning from a network of seasoned professionals. “I’ve been perfecting my preparation and frying skills, and I think my development as a frier has gone hand-in-hand with my increased responsibilities in the shop, having recently been made a manager. “I truly feel on top of the world right now! A year’s hard work has come together and I can’t wait to act as an ambassador for the industry.” Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, comments: “The aim of the National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK. The awards are well known for setting incredibly high standards for the industry to aspire to, so to win not only one but two awards is a fantastic achievement. “Peter’s achievement serves as a poignant example of the successful careers young people can achieve within our industry. Not only does he juggle the demands of operating a fish and chip business, but he is also extremely passionate about safeguarding the future of fish and chips.

Winning such a prestigious award at such a young age is remarkable and he is well on his way to becoming a true ambassador – Peter and the team at Mister C’s should be extremely proud of their achievement.” Award sponsor Kelvin Lee, Managing Director of Drywite Ltd, said: “Now in its 23rd year, this award showcases the exceptionally high quality of young talent emerging in our industry – the standard of which makes me very proud. “There has always been a strong commitment from our previous winners to support and promote the competition and encourage other young friers to enter, thus ensuring a prosperous future for the industry. “To reach the final, all five finalists have proved that they are extremely talented, however Mister C’s is without doubt an exceptional and well deserving winner.” Oliver Boutwood, Director of Isle of Ely Produce, said: "Fresh food provenance is so important to consumers and all at Isle of Ely.

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The winner of this award has shown how to choose, store, prepare and finally fry potatoes to a five-star standard, well done to them." For more information visit www.fishandchipawards.com or follow @FishNChipAwards #FishNChipAwards.

For further information on the Drywite Young Fish Friers visit www.drywite.co.uk.

*Entrants must be under 25 years at 31 December 2017 and have six months’ experience to be able to enter. ENDS