Organised by Seafish, the National Fish & Chip Awards is an annual UK-wide competition celebrating true excellence in the fish and chip industry. The Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator award celebrates mobile businesses that have exceeded expectations in providing both great service and delicious fish and chips to their customers and recognises the significant contribution these businesses make in promoting the nation’s favourite dish, fish and chips.
In alphabetical order, the 2020 finalists are:
- Fish & Frites, Fife
- Fitzy's Fish & Chips, Merseyside
- The English Indian, Staffordshire
As part of the judging process, businesses were appraised against a wide range of criteria including sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes, marketing activity and the quality of product served to their customers.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Running a successful mobile catering business is no mean feat – it requires a great deal of commitment, hard work and passion. The 2020 Best Mobile Operator finalists have really impressed the judges by demonstrating impressive levels of promotional innovation and skill in producing fantastic tasting fish and chips.
“We’re extremely heartened to see a new generation of mobile fish and chip businesses make their mark with innovative operators jumping on opportunities, such as providing fish and chips at many major events music festivals, and wedding celebrations. These businesses are a real credit to the industry and we’d like to wish them all huge congratulations on their achievements to date.”
Terry Larkin, group general manager at JJ Food Service, said: “Mobile fish and chip businesses range from regional event catering to private parties and local community services and it’s great to see businesses exceeding expectations, serving gluten free options and a range of sustainable species.
“We care passionately about supporting the fish and chip shop industry and look forward to launching our Women in Fish and Chips conference next year which will inspire, support and connect owners and aspiring leaders.”
The overall national winner of the Best Mobile Operator Award will be announced at the National Fish & Chip Awards ceremony, held in London on 23 January 2020.