TWO Redditch chippies have been shortlisted to represent the Midlands as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards.
The Golden Carp Chippy in Matchborough and Winyates Chippy just up the road made it through to the final Midlands six, which also includes chippies from Bewdley and Stourbridge.
Competing against shops from across the country, each have had their frying skills put to the test as well as being judged against vigorous criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing techniques.
In all, 60 chippies have made the shortlist.
Over the coming weeks the shops will be whittled down to a ‘Top 20’, then ‘Top 10’, before the final stage of judging in London in January 2018.
The Golden Carp Chippy and Winyates Chippy are sister shops and were both shortlisted last year.
You can order anything from hake to sea bass at the Winyates branch as well as regular favourites like cod and haddock, while the Golden Carp reckon the secret of their success is in the batter.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive of sponsors Seafish, said: “The calibre of shops in this year’s top 60 is outstanding.
“They are a true representation of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world.”
Reigning champions Nikki Mutton and Craig Maw of Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, added: “We were absolutely elated when we won the title of best fish and chip shop as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.
“We’ve been so busy serving our brilliant customers that we’ve had to hire more than ten new members of staff since winning the title in January.”