|If you are under 25, passionate about fish and chips, want to help contribute to the industry and not to mention raise the profile of your shop...... then why not enter?
Every winner has become Nationally known through the publicity the competition creates but it is also a great way to improve your knowledge and skill set.
The competition begins with round one where entrants complete a written questionnaire. Those that make it through then partake in round two, a telephone interview with a competition judge. After this stage the semi finalists are chosen and after the third stage of practical judging five young friers will make it through to the final.
All finalists are invited to the prestigious Fish & Chip Awards in London as guests of Drywite where the National title is presented to the winner.
The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition started in 1995 and was initiated by the Directors of Drywite Limited, Kelvin Lee and Briar Wilkinson in memory of their late father Malcolm Lee, who had always encouraged young people to succeed. Malcolm's belief was that if young people could be encouraged to make fish frying their career and if all children could be encouraged to eat and enjoy fish and chips, the future of the industry would be safe.
Since its conception the competition has highlighted the vast number of highly trained young professionals working in our industry and all finalists have benefited from great publicity even if they did not ultimately win. It is not only the young fish friers that benefit from entering the competition - the winning shop can easily receive thousands of pounds worth of free publicity.
All previous winners of the Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition so far have not only thoroughly enjoyed taking part, but have also increased their personal confidence and ability to promote themselves and their business locally and nationally.
Previous winners Michael Fotheringham and Nigel Hodgson went on to win the Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Competition and Stuart Fusco who won in 2004, went on to achieve Les Routiers Café of the Year Award in 2005. All winners have gone on to achieve greater success in business.
Previous winner Lyndsay Petrie-Richardson was presented to Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace and more recently in 2012, winner Zohaib Hussain and finalist Carlyn Johnson were invited to a private meeting to discuss the future of the industry with HRH Prince Charles.
How to Enter the 2017 Competition
Starting in 1995 the competition is now in its 22nd year and its principle objective is to showcase the best and most talented young friers in the UK.
Past finalists as well as winners have benefited from national and regional press coverage and many have had the opportunity of appearing on radio and television.
Recognition within the fish frying industry is guaranteed!
Entering is easy, and information for the 2017 competition will be announced shortly, just visit the Drywite Website for more details.
2017 Winner George Papadamou of Papa's Fish & Chips, Hull
Zohaib Hussain & 2012 Finalist Carlyn Kearney showing their cooking skills to HRH Prince Charles