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Soft play to Fish & Chips

KFE are proud to have recently supplied a 4 Pan Kiremko high efficiency wall range into The Fish Works in Largs. Owners Ross and Tiffany Irvin run a few kiosks at the beach in Scotland’s West Coast town, the businesses have been in the family for over 40 years. At that time Largs was a popular holiday destination so the Irvin family's child's play kiosk was a must for children, however times change and so did they; converting it to a quality Fish & Chip Shop. We asked Ross what made them make that decision and why they decided to choose KFE as the company to work with…..

‘We have a passion for good food and when we decided to change the sweet shop and soft play area into something different, fish and chips, given our location on the promenade, seemed the natural choice.

We used to travel far and wide on our days off to visit really good fish and chip shops up and down the country. We then though it would be great if we could have our own up market fish and chip shop. We have been in catering our whole lives, however, fish and chips was something neither of us had ever done before. It was going to be a challenge but one that we were both eager to take on.

We got in touch with a number of frying range companies and our very first meeting was with KFE’s Gordon Hillan. We really clicked with Gordon and loved his ideas for the shop and range. He quickly grasped the vision we had for the shop and what our aims were. From there things progressed and on we were having meetings with architects and builders and we were consulting Gordon the whole way. He was even present at some meetings himself!

It became apparent very quickly that KFE were an impressive firm and could give us exactly what we were looking for. It was great to call on his vast experience of the industry to answer all the questions we had. I doubt there's much Gordon doesn't know about fish and chips! In fact, I’m still phoning him to this day with various queries and we’ve been open for over two months now. I’m surprised he hasn't blocked my number! He’s always happy to help though. After thoroughly researching other frying range manufacturers the quality and experience of KFE really shone through.

After that we got down to configuring the range which was made easier with a trip to the very impressive QBtech Factory in Woerden, Holland. There we were able to see how the ranges were made and meet the people who design, build and ship them. Which, as a prospective buyer, was fantastic.

The installation process went very smoothly for us. We were informed at all times when the range would arrive and what needed to be in place for when it did. We couldn't have asked for any more than what we received. The whole process was handled very professionally.

We had the privilege of attending KFE’s School of Frying Excellence in Market Deeping which really set us in good stead for commencing our journey into the Fish and chip industry. To have been taught everything to do with running a successful fish and chip business by people who themselves, have run multi award winning shops and restaurants was invaluable to us.

We have been open for around nine weeks now and things have been going really well for us. We have been nominated for two Dine In awards for Best Fish and Chips and Best Newcomer Takeaway and have made it into the final top ten for both categories. The weather has been kind to us overall and we have enjoyed some sunny spells which has let us really see what a KFE range is capable of.

We are now looking to the future and hoping things carry on as well as they started for us, we are hoping to bring home an award at the Dine In awards and even get our name known at the National Fish and Chip Awards. If things keep progressing well who knows maybe we might even think about The Fish Works 2.’

KFE would like to welcome both Ross and Tiffany to the KFE Family and the wonderful fish & chip industry we all enjoy being part of. We look forward to working with them for many years to come and being at the Scotland’s Dine In Awards on Monday 24th July to see the winning takeaways announced, good luck guys!

Story By: KFE

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Date : 20-07-2017
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