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Training together

KFE continued its long-term support for the industry’s young friers with a day last month at its School of Frying Excellence

The KFE School of Frying Excellence opened its doors to the 2018 Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year entrants last month, offering an opportunity to get together for the first time, gain a better understanding of the competition and, at the same, time have the opportunity to meet past National Fish and Chip Award winners, including two previous Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year champions.

The event started the night before, when KFE invited everyone to a dinner in nearby Stamford, which enabled everyone to relax and get to know each other. Next morning, bright and early, the young friers piled into the boardroom of KFE for a welcome by the team of trainers who included Garry Rosser, Mark Petrou, Nigel Hodgson and Calum Richardson.

The day was designed to be informal and fun, an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends. The young friers were split into groups and undertook sessions with each of the KFE team of trainers, from creating the perfect fishcake with Mark Petrou to learning about more sustainable fish options with Garry Rosser.

It was an action packed day culminating in a ‘cook-off’ between the green and blue team, with both required to cook two dishes for the judges, one that would suit a takeaway and one a restaurant. This brought everyone together and created some interesting dishes which were presented to the judges, Garry Rosser, Calum Richardson, Nigel Hodgsons, Nicky Lewis from Drywite and KFE MD Paul Williams who deemed green team the winners.

Paul Williams of KFE concluded on the day’s events: “Utilising the experience of award winning operators to educate is the philosophy of The School of Frying Excellence, and KFE were delighted to invite the young friers to our premises again after the success of last year’s trip to the Qbtec factory in Holland and previous days hosted here.

“Along with our three Fish and Chip Shop of The Year winners, Mark Petrou, Nigel Hodgson and Garry Rosser, we were delighted that another previous winner, Calum Richardson, was also able to support the day. Learning is much more fun with a smile on your face and a couple of shandies the night before made it a great day for everyone.

"Everyone at KFE would like to wish all those that entered the DYFFY all the best in their future, and for those who were announced as making the final 10 we wish them the best of luck for the next rounds. We look forward to seeing the winner announced in January and supporting them along their journey.”

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