The National Fish & Chip Awards open for entry on Wednesday 1st May with a brand new category for 2020, Seasonal UK Seafood Award, as well as the chance to win a trip to London’s Billingsgate market for all shops that enter.
The 2020 awards comprise 15 categories including Fish & Chip Shop of the Year, Fish & Chip Restaurant of the Year and Best Newcomer.
The addition of the Seasonal UK Seafood Award, sponsored by the Scottish Seafood Association and the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, is designed to recognise and reward fish and chip businesses for their knowledge, use and promotion of the abundance of fresh seasonal fish and shellfish species from UK coastal waters. It will take into account judging criteria including sustainability, responsible sourcing, traceability and best practice with regards to the sourcing and use of seasonal UK fish and shellfish.
Shops that enter any of the 15 awards by 31st July 2019 will also be entered into a free prize draw to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to London to visit Billingsgate Fish Market and attend a masterclass course at the Billingsgate Seafood Training Course.
Seafish, which organises the event, is keen to point out the enormous impact entering the awards can have on business, with previous regional winners of the flagship Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award category having seen their turnover increase by up to 50% and some past national winners reporting turnover increasing by as much as 100%.
David Miller of Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, York, who won the title last year, said: “2018 has been a year that we will never forget. It was an absolute honour to take the title home to our team at Millers and to our loyal customers in Haxby, North Yorkshire, who certainly joined us in celebrating! Most importantly, being crowned the UK’s best fish and chip shop provided us with the best platform to deliver on one of our key promises as a finalist: the commitment to promoting our industry by spreading positive messages about fish and chips as far and wide as possible!”
The full list of awards for 2020:
Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award
Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award
Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award
Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award
Best Newcomer AwardStaff Training and Development Award
Best Foodservice Operator Award
From Field to Frier Award
Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award
Marketing Innovation Award
Good Catch – The Sustainability Award
Menu Development and Innovation Award
NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion Award’
Best Seafood Week Campaign Award
Seasonal UK Seafood Award
The awards are free to enter. To find out more and to enter, click here.