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 1st 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.
“Although we’re unable to go ahead with the awards this year, we are fully committed to supporting the UK fish and chip sector through this difficult time. We are focusing our efforts on how we can support all the shops and restaurants that bring us our fish and chips and ensure everyone can get back to enjoying our favourite dish as soon as possible.
“Some shops, including many previous finalists and winners of the National Fish & Chip Awards, have remained open to run home delivery and collection only services, to ensure people can still enjoy the best fish and chips available. Their creativity, innovation and spirit are truly remarkable. We hope to incorporate all of this great work in the awards programme for next year. With our valued sponsors and partners we will continue to support the shops in these trying times.”