Northern Ireland shops frying high at the National Fish & Chip Awards

13 December 2016

The National Fish & Chip Awards by Seafish, regarded as the 'Oscars' of the fish and chip industry and now in their 29th year, recognise and reward businesses across the UK that are producing the best fish and chips. The awards celebrate the national tradition of fish and chips, recognising the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 13 different award categories.

As the Gala Awards Ceremony in London on 26th January 2017 approaches, a number of fish and chip businesses across Northern Ireland are looking forward to representing their country and industry as they compete against other UK businesses in the final stage of various different award categories.

This year has seen record representation from Northern Irish fish and chip businesses in the annual awards program.

The Dolphin Takeaway in Dungannon, County Tyrone  owned by local man Malachy Mallon will be competing against another nine UK wide finalists in the quest to secure  the coveted Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award. This will be the second year in a row that The Dolphin has represented Northern Ireland in this prestigious and competitive category.

Fish City in Belfast , owned by Grainne and John Lavery, previous NI Regional Winners of the Independent Takeaway Award category, are finalists this year in three different award categories - namely, the Marketing  Innovation Award, the Good Catch Sustainable Seafood Award and the Healthy Eating 'Fish and Chips' Award.

The John Dory's chain  which has seven shops located in the Greater Belfast area and is owned by Mark Polley are worthy finalists in the Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award. John Dory's has seen success in the  awards in the past, twice being awarded Best Independent Takeaway in Northern Ireland as well as once previously making the finals in the Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award category, along with  John Dory's fryer Kat Deuchars making the final of the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award.

John  Dory's are also going head-to-head in the final round of judging for this year's Staff Training and Development Award  against three other businesses  including The Frying Squad which based in Bangor, Co. Down and owned by Michael Neill. The Frying Squad beat off stiff competition in last year's competition to take home the Staff Training and Development Award and are hoping to repeat their success this year.

Dr Lynn Gilmore, Seafish Northern Ireland Manager said "it is fantastic to see so many great local fish and chip businesses aiming for the stars at this year's National Fish & Chip Awards.

"This is a reflection of the vibrancy of the Northern Ireland seafood industry and the pride shown by our fish and chip operators.  Fish and chips are a long-standing traditional staple of the Northern Ireland food scene with so much history, a wonderful story to tell and a very bright future."

"We wish all the finalists the very best of luck on the 26th January at the finals of the National Fish & Chip Awards."

For more information on the National Fish and Chip Awards please check out the website: www.fishandchipawards.com.