KFE on a Mission has raised £15,000 for The Fishermen’s Mission as 10 award-winning friers visited shops in England, Scotland and Wales, taking in over 3,500 miles.
The event, organised by KFE, saw friers work their way across the UK, taking in training sessions at shops in return for a donation to The Fishermen’s Mission. The event culminated in a charity dinner at The Scallop Shell in Bath where trainers, shop owners and industry representatives gathered for a four-course meal cooked by Garry Rosser and his team, followed by a charity auction and raffle.
In total, 25 shops signed up for a session from the experts, including Top Catch in Southampton, Sea & Spud in Petersfield, Trident Fish Bar in Eastbourne, The Crispy Cod in Tonyrefail, Top Chippy in Llanrwst, and McKays in Pitlochry.
Tim Barnes of Krispies in Exmouth, Devon, was snapped up by newcomer Paignton Pier Chippy in Paignton, Devon, whose owners were keen to quiz him on how to improve their oil management. Tim comments: “The owners felt they were possibly throwing too much oil away and, although they had already been given some advice previously, it just wasn’t working for them. I gave them another option, which they were going to try after I left. We also worked on their batter as it seemed a bit thick, went over some general frying techniques and I showed them how to use their filter correctly on their range.
“It was a really worthwhile visit. I think, where they are relatively new to the industry, they have been given a lot of advice and been told to change over to a certain way of doing things. I said to them on many occasions there’s no right or wrong way of doing things, you have to find what you feel is right for you.”
Peter Fraser, owner of Harbour Lights in Falmouth and Frasers in Penzance, Cornwall, jumped at the chance of bringing Craig Maw and Nikki Mutton of Kingfisher in Plymouth into their business for the day, adding: “We grabbed the amazing opportunity of KFE on a Mission to boost our knowledge levels. The beauty of the double team of Craig and Nikki, who are also great friends, was that simultaneously training occurred for both our kitchen and takeaway teams. I even brought together the team from our two shops, so we ended up getting quadruple value. A Billy bargain and for such a great cause!”
With over £15,000 raised through donations, ticket sales and the charity auction, KFE managing director Paul Williams deemed the event a huge success, adding: “It was another fantastic event in which a lot of knowledge was shared while raising money for a great cause. Fishing is the most dangerous occupation and The Fishermen’s Mission doesn’t get any government funding or lottery funding so the money we raise is a vital source of income for them.
“KFE on a Mission is not only a great opportunity to get the industry together, but a chance for our trainers to go out into shops and pass on some of their knowledge and experience. You can’t normally book these people for just a lunchtime or a teatime, but on this occasion you could. It’s a real positive because we’re able to do something that helps improve the industry while raising money for a very worthwhile cause. It’s a win-win all round and I would to thank everybody involved from the trainers that gave up their time for free and the shops that donated, to the team at Scallop Shell who put on a fantastic fish and chips meal, to all the industry partners that supported and gave prizes for the auction.”
The full list of trainers included Craig Maw & Nikki Mutton, Kingfisher, Plymouth; Lesley Graves, Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln; Stuart Fusco, Quayside, Whitby; Calum Richardson, The Bay, Stonehaven; Gordon Hillan; Mark Petrou, Petrou Brothers, Chatteris; Fred Capel, Chez Fred, Bournemouth; Dave Miller, Millers Fish & Chips, Haxby: and Tim Barnes, Krispies, Exmouth.
Sponsors included NFFF, Premier 1 Filtration, Kerry Foods, Drywite, Bold Catering, BD Signs, CF Capita, Smales, Middleton Foods, T.Quality, Friars Pride and Henry Colbeck.