FISH fryers in Scarborough had batter get ready – the search for this year’s chippy champion is underway.
The public are now being asked to nominate their favourite fish and chip shop in Scarborough and its surrounding areas.
Reigning champion Dean Rodgers, who last year ran North Bay Fisheries and is currently in charge of Seamer Fisheries, said yesterday that he is hoping to complete a historic hat-trick, after also winning the Evening News Fish and Chip Shop of the Year title in 2008.
“It would be really nice to do it again,” he said. “To win it for a third time would be amazing.
“The public do take the competition seriously - it’s not to be sniffed at.
“When we first won it at North Bay the response was phenomenal. We trebled our takings and the shop never looked back.
“It’s a great competition to win because the standard of fish and chips in Scarborough is very high.”
The five shops which receive the highest number of nominations will then be visited by our panel of judges, who are tasked with choosing the best plaice in town after carrying out a secret visit.
Last year’s runners-up, Silks of Castle Road, will be hoping to go one better and win the title outright.
A new challenge will come this year from Ramshill Fisheries, which opened in November and has proved popular with locals.
Part-owner Nigel Hodgkins, who has run fish and chip shops in Scarborough for 30 years, said: “It’s been going really well.
“Of course we’ll be trying to win the competition. I think we’ve got a reasonable chance.
“We’re always trying to serve decent fish and chips and our customers have been very happy.”
Ian Warwick won the title in 2009 when he ran Seamer Fisheries.
Ian owns both North Bay and Seamer Fisheries, although his brother Dean Rodgers ran North Bay Fisheries until recently when the brothers switched stores. Ian is now in charge at North Bay and Dean is in charge at Seamer.
Ian said: “I’ll be going full out to win it back.
“Between the two of us we’ve won it three years running, and every time it has brought in a lot of extra trade.
“In terms of boosting sales it’s the best thing that can happen. If you do things right the new customers return again and again.”
Only traditional takeaway fish and chip shops, rather than cafes or restaurants, are eligible to be entered.
The winners of the competition will be able to display the coveted Evening News shield for a year and will keep a certificate. The runners up will also receive a certificate.
Send or drop off your nominations, along with a note explaining your reasons for nominating the fish and chip shop, to Daniel Sanderson at the Evening News, 17-23 Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough, YO11 1BB.
Alternatively email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Evening News Fish and Chip Shop of the Year winners
2010 - North Bay Fisheries
2009 - Seamer Fisheries
2008 - North Bay Fisheries
2007 - Jack Codys, Newby
2006 - Silks, Crossgates
2005 - Silks, Crossgates