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BELLS FISH AND CHIPS IN COUNTY DURHAM CRUSHES THE COMPETITION TO SCOOP FIELD TO FRIER AWARD

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Bells Fish and Chips in County Durham crushes the competition to scoop Field to Frier award. Chip shops from around the country have been eagerly eyeing up the National Fish and Chip Awards’ prestigious Field to Frier prize and now Bells Fish and Chips has been revealed as the potato champ at this year’s ceremony.

The judging process was extensive and intensive, with the three chip shop finalists – Bells Fish and Chips, Finney’s Fish and Chips in Anglesey and Ship Deck in Caerphilly – required to pull out all the stops to showcase their potato expertise from seasonal variety selection, chip preparation, storage methods and frying capabilities to produce golden, crisp and fluffy results to the highest standard every time.

Awards organiser and President of the National Federation of Fish Friers, Andrew Crook, says:

“Field to Frier is an extremely competitive category and it hasn’t been easy to separate the finalists. However, the breadth of knowledge when it comes to policies and processes associated with potato sourcing, the preparation and mastery of cooking them to perfection as shown by Bells Fish and Chips is so advanced and is the reason why the chippy has been awarded this accolade.”

Isle of Ely Produce, supplier of more than two million bags of potatoes to the fish and chip industry annually sponsored the award alongside Agrico and its Babylon variety – a newcomer in the potato game which is proving to be a hit with UK chippies.

Alex Moore, sales manager for Agrico UK who grow Babylon, comments:

“It is fantastic to announce Bells Fish and Chips as the winner of the Field to Frier award. We congratulate them on their work promoting best use of how to store prep and fry potatoes and look forward to working with them in the year ahead.”

Isle of Ely Produce Director Oliver Boutwood adds:

“This is our tenth year in supporting the National Fish and Chip Awards. It is great to see in that time the growth of our ‘Field to Frier’ platform. We have had over 1,000 chip shop owners visit our farm, plus we have brought the chip shop owners closer to the farmers in order for them to both understand exactly what it takes to make a great chip.”

Bells Fish and Chips, which has also won the 2024 Multiple Operator of the Year award, has been invited to visit Norway in June for a once in a lifetime experience with Seafood from Norway.

The two-day study trip will take fish and chip shop teams on an unforgettable exploration of the Norwegian fishing industry, experiencing the cold, clear waters aboard the state-of-the-art longliner and Danish seine vessel, Østerfjord, to learn more about environmental and sustainable practices that ensure UK fish and chip shops are supplied with the freshest, highest quality produce.

They will also meet leading industry authorities and stakeholders to find out how fish stocks are sustained, as well as learning about frozen at sea white fish.

For more information and bits on the National Fish and Chip Awards, please visit: www.thefishandchipawards.com.

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