Since winning Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year 2019, Lauren Kellaway is busier than ever and always on the move. We caught up with her after a recent family holiday plus a visit to the Faroe Islands where she cooked 9,000 portions of fish and chips in one day
The month of August has been crazy but full of amazing experiences! Firstly, we were able to take a family villa holiday to Croatia to celebrate mum’s big birthday! The only way we can do this is because we have such a hard working, reliable team at Kellaway’s. Jess, who has been with us for over five years, kindly offered to work every shift that week, ensuring we could have some quality time spent as a family without any worries! The team even handled everything perfectly when a storm passed through, causing a power-cut mid-way through a busy Friday night. Nightmare! We are very lucky to have such a robust and dependable team as we know that holidays aren’t always possible when running a business.
We flew back and then first thing the very next day I was on the train to the NFFF in Leeds to help judge the 2020 Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year semi-finals. It was a lot less nerve-wracking being on the judging panel side this year rather than being a semi-finalist. The 10 candidates were all very nervous, but produced good fish and chips, despite having to cook on a traditional range, which none of them were used to! It was an honour to be asked to be a part of the judging panel and would like to say well done to all this year’s finalists and good luck for your shop visits!
After the judging, I travelled down to London via train to fly out to the Faroe Islands. I was invited by JFK to be a part of the team running the Fish & Chip Shop at the annual ‘Seamans Festival’ along with Gavin and Craig Lewis of Lewis’s Fish & Grill in Maidstone, Kent, Jogvan Hansen, Hanus Hansen and lots of family members and staff at JFK.
What an experience! We started frying around 1,000 fish and chips for the elderly in and around Klaksvik, which were delivered to their homes. Then we started frying for the never-ending queue. Overall, we cooked around 9,000 portions, finishing just after midnight! It was a very tiring day, but very rewarding once we had finished.
The festival was full of different aspects of fishing, there were net repairing and anchor holding competitions, speed boat trips, opportunities to go on board different types of fishing vessels and lots of entertainment to suit all members of the family. The quay was packed all day, and everything was free. A lot of hard work goes into organising this event and it was an honour to be asked to be a part of it.
After two planes and a sleeper train, I made it back to Cornwall for a few days of normality, working in the shop - mainly catching up with admin and training up a few new team members.
And now it’s September! I have been asked to do a presentation at the Isle of Ely Field to Frier day on the Sunday 8th so I am preparing for this. I have also been asked to be a part of some video frying demonstrations with Florigo at the NFFF in Leeds with its new range they’re installing. I will also be attending the NFFF ball in Newcastle, which I thoroughly enjoyed last year. It’s a great place to meet up with all the people I have met over the past year whilst being in the industry and during the opportunities I’ve had since winning the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year competition.