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2013 Best Chip Competion – Highly Commended – The Flaming Onion!

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The Best Chip Shop Competition 2013

The 2013 Best Chip Competition is out to acknowledge all your hard-work!

After months of deliberation, checking through entry forms, fat testing chips at the lab and mystery judging we finally have our winners. Both Regional Winners and Highly Commended Awards from each of the six regions, are named below.

Remember – Highly Commended Awards are given to operators whose chips, upon fat testing, contained less than 9% fat. Which means they are doing their bit to follow our Industry Standards.

For this competition participants were required to have a current certificate for the Chip Group Training. The impact of training was reflected in the lower chip fat content for the Highly Commended shops (7.8%) compared with 9.9% for the 18 regional finalists winners in the previous 2011 competition.

For those of you who didn’t receive a Highly Commended Award – now’s the time to check the temperature of those vats and make sure you and your staff are shake, banging and hanging. Keep working hard on providing your customers with the best quality and lowest fat chips you can serve, and start practising for the next competition.

A HUGE Congratulations to the following Regional Winners and Highly Commended Awards…

Northshore-Northland Regional Winner

Oceanz Seafood Silverdale

Richard & Daniel Billington

Cnr Hibiscus Coast and East Coast Rd, Silverdale, North Shore.

Richard said that high quality product and exceptional care of oil were vital to their great product.

“Every chip is different and every batch of chips is different and you have to be aware of that and adjust your cooking methods accordingly,” he said. “Adhering to the Chip Group industry standards is really important. Giving a very good shake and a bang gives much crisper, dryer chips. When they hear the bang customers joke that we are panel beating our chips, but it makes all the difference to the end product.”

Highly Commended Awards

Kippers Takeaways – Melissa Walker

The Flaming Onion – Alistair Bingle

Northcross Takeaway – Ai Lin Lee

Oceanz Seafood Albany – Leah Nepia

Adriatic Fisheries – Martin Dempster

Ivan’s Takeaways – Muy Lam

Auckland-wide Regional Winner

Greenwoods Fresh Catch

Thomas & Lilian Sug

1 Pah Road, Greenwoods Corner, Epsom, Auckland

Lilian and Thomas Sug said secrets of their Pah Road shop include presenting chips in cardboard trays, rather than wrapping them, to ensure they stay as crisp as possible. Using the highest quality produce, adhering closely to industry standards, meticulous care of oil and exceptional hygiene and customer service standards were also key.

“We put love and care into our cooking and customer service is top,” he said. “For us our customers are like family. We want everyone have to have a great experience and we provide a 100 per cent guarantee with money back if they are not completely satisfied.”

Highly Commended Awards

Westgate Takeaways – Pai Xu

Fish Stop – Rose Pettman

Panmure Fish & Chips – Annie Yang

Oceanz Seafood Auckland Fishmarket – Frank Jung

LJS Sylvia Park – Winston Mahe

Fish Pot Café – Derek Drummond

Kohi Fresh Fish & Takeaways – Pauline Org

Waikato – Bay of Plenty – Hamilton Regional Winner

Queen Vic Chippy

Amanda Duggan & Bernie Hilbers

85c Victoria Street, Cambridge, Waikato

Amanda said that all staff had undergone the Chip Group online industry training, and using the best produce and being meticulous about oil quality and temperature were key to producing fantastic crisp dry chips.

“We are absolutely passionate about what we do, everyone here gives 100 per cent and this award is a fantastic recognition of that,” she said.

“I am always in the shop ensuring that every batch of chips is perfect. We also have a 100 per cent guarantee. We want every customer to have a great experience and, if they are not happy, we will provide a replacement meal or a refund.”

Highly Commended Awards

Seafood Bazaar Rototuna – Leah Huang

Happy Snapper ‘n’ Chips – Gay Gibson

Horotiu Food Centre – Wei Na

Welcome Bay Takeaway – David Cao

Pleasant Valley Takeaways – Lena Xie

Halfway House – Kevin McIlroy

Kinloch Store – Paul Jamieson

Papamoa Fast Food Domain Takeaway – Crystal Ye

Oceanview Takeaways – Anite He

DK’s Burger Bar – Sky Peng

King Size Buger Bar – Sue Abbott

Corogate Café Thames – Angela Thompson-Hill

Kiwi Taste – Max Cvitanovich

Pirimai Chippy – Prue Hunter

Manawatu – Taranaki – Wellington Regional Winner

Fish King Takeaways

Gavin and Gwen Ou

26 East Street, Fielding, Manawatu

Gwen said they were absolutely delighted with the win and put down much of the secret of their success down to their absolute passion for their work.

“We have done the Chip Group training and cook according to the industry standards, including shaking and banking the chip basket, and we only use very high quality chips,’ she said.

“We have an absolute passion for what we do. We love having the shop, cooking really good food for our customers and looking after them really well.

Highly Commended Awards

Corfu Seafoods – Theo Kalantzis

So Fine Seafoods – Anthony Cho

Hot Box Takeaways – Palak C. Zavesi

Nelson – Christchurch Regional Winner

Victory Square Fish & Chips

Ekkehardt & Malia Soo Choon Klinge

176 St Vincent Street, Toi Toi, Nelson

Malia said that there was really no secret to the superb chips apart from adhering “religiously” to the Chip Group industry training.

“Using only the best quality chips is really important and oil temperature and quality is vital. The frying medium is also all important. We only use really high quality oil and we are meticulous about filtering it daily.”

Highly Commended Awards

Gourmet Seafoods Shirley – Eugene Gillette

Milton Street Takeaway – Clare Fleming

Smoove – Hamish Young

Richmond Takeaways – Sophors Huoy

The New Funky Fish – Calvert James

Victoria Seafood Bar and Pizzas – The Giai Lu

Codfathers Takeaways – Teresa Daly

Timaru – Southland Regional Winner

The Naked Chip

Rene & Beverley Bullock

45 Shearman St, Waimate

Rene said that the secret to the perfect chip included adhering closely to Chip Group industry standards, being meticulous about the quality and cleanliness of oil and using only the best quality product.

“For us the best thing about this award is the chance to highlight how, by using the right oils and the best cooking techniques you can produce a much healthier product,” said Rene.

Highly Commended Awards

Hassall Street Takeaways – Greg Diack

Hungry Hound – Brian Oliver

Ric’s Galley – Wayne Cameron

Vip’s Minimart – Vipul

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