And the winner is...

The 2011 Chippy of the Year contest was recently judged from the five finalists in the competition. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113151
The 2011 Chippy of the Year contest was recently judged from the five finalists in the competition. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113151

THE last chip’s been tasted and the votes have been counted for arguably the biggest culinary prize in Scarborough.

A decision on the winner of the 2011 Scarborough Chippy of the Year has been made.

The expert judging panel made their choice after an intense deliberation, which followed a strenuous day sampling five of the finest fish suppers the town has to offer.

The five finalists were Buckams in Newlands Park Drive; Crossgates Fish and Chip Shop in Curlew Drive, Crossgates; Naylors Fish and Chips in Aberdeen Walk; Ramshill Fisheries in Ramshill Road; and Seamer Fisheries in Main Street, Seamer.

They were selected after receiving the most nominations from the public vote set up by the Evening News, which saw over a dozen fish and chip shops nominated throughout the town.

The judging panel consisted of Head Chef of the Scarborough Grand Hotel Gregor Mackintosh, Evening News digital editor Adam Meads, reporter Ian Johnson and photographer Dave Kettlewell.

However, despite three of the five shops scoring incredibly high marks from all four judges, the panel were unanimous in their choice of victor, with Gregor Mackintosh describing the winning portion as “tasting just like you would expect fish and chips from a seaside town to taste like”.

There will also be a guaranteed new champion crowned after last year’s winner, North Bay Fisheries, was a surprise omission from this year’s finalists.

The winner of this year’s competition will be announced in the Evening News later this week.