A Harrogate chippie has achieved its place among the UK’s top fish and chip shops by scooping the prestigious NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award.
The award for Dougie’s Fish and Chips, on King Edward’s Drive in Bilton, comes only a year after new owner Betty Bolton took over.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.
The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good-quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.
Ms Bolton said: “We are delighted to achieve this prestigious Quality Award. To be recognised as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for their continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation.
“The award doesn’t just represent the fish and chips we produce, but also the hard work and high-quality produce our local suppliers provide us to work with.”
To qualify, each shop has to go through an intense inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.
The award, which is designed as a new benchmark for quality in the industry, is intended to encourage more outlets to raise their standards, and to signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where it is displayed.
NFFF president Andrew Crook said: “The NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award assessment is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.
“Dougie’s Fish & Chips clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from. Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”
Each Fish and Chip Quality Award is valid for two years and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.