High-frying Lincoln chip shop judged as one of top 10 in Britain
A Lincoln fish and chip shop has been judged as one of the top 10 in Britain after qualifying for the finals of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2013.
Burton Road Fish and Chip shop has won the regional finals in the Best Independent Takeaway Award category and will now be going to London for the national finals in January.
The awards are run by Seafish, an industry body founded in 1981 and they are considered the most coveted in the industry.
Lincoln's chip shop will be up against competition from the likes of Trenchers in Whitby, North Yorkshire to Poppies in London, when the ten finalists fight for the national award on January 24, 2013.
Mystery shoppers tested the chip shop, looking at the quality of the food as well as the customer service, before coming back to inspect the entire premises examining everything from hygiene to training.
Des Anastasiou who owns the chippy with his partner Lesley Graves, was delighted with the award and says the team will be upping its game for the finals.
"We are looking at including additional things on the menu, still fish and chip related of course, and will be working even harder with customer service.
"There is no secret to good fish and chips, we encourage staff training and me an my partner Lesley try to pass on our experience, I've been in the industry for 33 years.
"You also need quality products, you can't go cheap on your products as the customers will know and you're going to fail.
"The key to frying the fish is getting the temperatures just right, too cold and you'll end up with greasy food."
Burton Road Chip Shop, along with the other finalists have been invited on a trip to Norway to learn more about their produce and how the Cod and Haddock fishermen operate.