Peter Calvert wants to share his experiences of entering Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year last year with this year’s candidates
It is hard to believe when I think that it has been over five months since the fantastic day at the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards ceremony in London when I was amazingly named the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year 2018. Undoubtedly it has been the most enjoyable and rewarding thing I’ve ever done, both personally and career-wise.
I remember this time last year, putting together my first award entry questionnaire response. It was a daunting challenge and very nerve-wracking I had no idea then what lay ahead. I would like to wish everyone entering the competition this year the very best of luck, the DYFFY is a fantastic way of networking with other young friers and fish and chip shop businesses around the UK.
Since entering the competition last year, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some incredible people, both in the round prior to my winning in January and since working with Drywite and the NFFF. On a personal level, DYFFY has improved my skills as a frier and also boosted my confidence whilst giving me a greater view of the industry.
As the DYFFY champion this year, the one thing I want to do is help promote the competition as well as helping the young people who have entered or want to enter the competition in any way I can. I have many different ideas I want to use, some of these have already been put into action. I am currently in the process of uploading a weekly blog on the Young Fish Frier’s website, which is a great resource for potential young fish friers to use. On here I explain the different rounds of the competition and how I felt and reacted to each one. I wanted this blog to give people a first-person account of what it feels like during each round. I’ve tried to give as much information as possible, including the types of places you will visit and people you will meet.
I wanted to do this so that people can see the benefits of entering, for both a business and an individual, and how important it is for young people in the industry to be involved in such a prestigious and important award.
I’m also keen to help young friers and encourage networking. I had the great opportunity recently to visit David and Nick Miller at their shop in Haxby. As the winner of the National Fish & Chip shop of the Year, it was a fantastic experience to see their shop and operation as well as speak to them about their experience and knowledge. I thought it would be great to do a similar thing for young friers, so if anyone would like me to visit their shop, or have the opportunity to visit Mister C’s, just get in touch. I’ll gladly come by or show you around and speak to you about anything you’d like to know.