IT’S THAT time of the year for Scarborough’s high fryers to take centre stage.
The Evening News today officially launches the 2012 Fish and Chip Shop of the Year awards – and we are looking for your suggestion to find the best chippy in town.
Do you think your local shop has the freshest fish or the crunchiest batter?
If so, nominate it for the chance to land the most prized catch in Scarborough – the prestigious ‘Chippy of the Year’ crown.
Last year, Seamer Fisheries managed to beat off stiff competition from Buckams, Crossgates Fish and Chip Shop, Naylors Fish and Chips and Ramshill Fisheries to take the title.
Fryer and owner Dean Rodgers said that the economic downturn had hit chip shops hard, but the three-time winner said that in the past, the award has given his shop a boost.
He said: “The award means a big deal in Scarborough, and when we won it, everybody in the area was coming up and congratulating us on it. It means a lot to them too.
“We might not catch as many fish locally as we once did, but fish and chips are still a big thing around here.
“When people visit Scarborough, they say nothing compares to the fish and chips around here.”
Mr Rodgers admits that the competition will be tough this year, but he’s hopeful that he’ll have a chance to defend his title once voting finishes.
He said: “I would like to think we would get in the top five.
“To do that in the whole of Scarborough is good enough, as there’s some great shops in the town.”
To nominate your favourite fish and chip shop, fill in the adjacent form and attach a letter of no more than 40 words; send to Ian Johnson at the Evening News. The deadline for votes is June 15.