Each year, we celebrate the very best in the fish and chip industry, with a showcase of the top businesses from up and down the country. The National Fish and Chip Awards have been running for over thirty years, and continue to raise standards in the industry. At this year’s ceremony, held on the 24th January 2020 in London – the national champions were crowned – with The Cod’s Scallops, Nottingham coming out on top in the search for the UK’s Best Fish and Chip Shop. Organised by Seafish, the non-departmental public body that supports the £10bn UK Seafood industry, the annual awards culminate in the gala ceremony each year – overseen and judged by a select group of industry professionals and cover a total of 15 award categories.
Since their win, they’ve been busy celebrating as a team, as well as providing their knowledge and insight to members of the industry though a programme of masterclasses, events and partnerships with key industry sponsors. After lifting the trophy and becoming officially the best fish and chip shop in the nation, owner John Molnar, along with manager, Christopher Reeve were quick to take on every new opportunity. From TV appearances, to media interviews and giving away free portions of fish and chips – they’ve had a busy month!
As part of the media coverage for the winners of the national title, the team from The Cod’s Scallops made an appearance on ITV’s This Morning programme with Ruth and Eamonn the day after the ceremony. They were joined by a number of the production team, and cooked up around 100 portions of fish and chips outside the studios in London. Following this – they made their way back to the shop and development kitchen to plan out the next few months, while serving queues of hungry customers in their first weekend as award winners. They have been contacted by a huge number of local supporters and have had the chance to give back to their loyal regulars and new customers alike.
Since then, the team at The Cod’s Scallops have been working closely with the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) to deliver bespoke training sessions at their headquarters in Leeds. Along with this, they have been demonstrating their expertise at the KFE School of Frying Excellence Open Day in partnership with other former National Fish and Chip Award winners and finalists. You can see more on the open day here. Owner, John Molnar has also recently recorded a podcast with the hospitality and foodservice supplier, Ceres – which you can listen to here.
It’s been a fantastic first month with our new national fish and chip awards champions, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll continue to succeed over the coming year. The search for the UK’s Best Fish and Chips will re-open on May 1st 2020 – so keep an eye out for news coming soon!
The Cod’s Scallops are based in Nottingham, with the award winning UK’s Best Fish and Chip Shop located on Bramcote Lane, Nottingham. For more information and this year’s winners, visit the seafish website.