James and Chris Tanner's fish and chip shop, 'Catch'
in Looe, Cornwall has scooped the Best Newcomer Award at the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
The winners were announced during a prestigious ceremony at the London Lancaster hotel on 20th January 2016 by awards host and voice of food and drink reason on BBC Radio 2, Nigel Barden.
The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. Widely considered as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry, they celebrate the great British tradition of fish and chips, recognising the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses.
To secure a place as a coveted finalist, the newcomers were appraised across a wide variety of judging criteria including the policies they have in place regarding the responsible sourcing of raw ingredients, shop appearance, decor and facilities, staff training programmes, and marketing and promotional activity. They also received mystery shopping judging assessments by industry experts to ascertain the quality of the fish and chips on offer and the levels of customer service provided by staff.
Celebrating new entrants to the industry, the Best Newcomer Award is open to independent fish and chip businesses that have been operating since no earlier than 1 October 2013 and recognises those that are excelling in upholding the high standards of the fish and chip trade.