Lewis’s Fish & Grill, Maidstone, Kent, has been crowned winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the National Fish & Chip Awards 2020.
The National Fish & Chip Awards is a UK-wide competition celebrating true excellence in the fish and chip industry organised by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry. The Best Newcomer Award category recognises business owners and operators with less than one year’s experience in the industry, providing an opportunity for new businesses to get valuable feedback which can help them to achieve successful business growth and development
The worthy winners battled it out with two other shortlisted finalists to take home the prestigious title. Lewis’s Fish & Grill were appraised across a variety of judging criteria including how owners and staff approached running a new fish and chip shop as well as their promotional activities and responsible sourcing practices for key ingredients. They also received mystery judging assessments by industry experts to evaluate product quality and customer service levels.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Congratulations to the team at Lewis’s Fish & Grill on being named the best new fish and chip shop in the UK. The future of the fish and chip trade is reliant on new entrants that demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for the industry. Sustainability and responsible sourcing of ingredients also plays a huge part in the future of fish and chips and Lewis’s Fish & Grill has demonstrated excellence in all areas. We have no doubt the business will continue to thrive and we wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
Andrew Marriott, UK Brand and Marketing Manager for award sponsor Frymax, added: “The future of our industry relies on top-quality, highly-motivated fish and chip businesses, like Lewis’s Fish and Grill. We’re always looking for unique approaches to fish and chips, so it’s really rewarding to be a sponsor of this award category which celebrates the new, talented businesses that are passionately driven and producing great tasting fish and chips for their customers.”
A portion of fish and chips can also contribute towards one of the recommended five a day portions of fruit and vegetables if mushy peas are included. It can also be one of the recommended two portions of fish a week that we should all be eating as part of a balanced diet. Fish and chip shops and restaurants cater to a diverse range of lifestyle and health choices by providing small portion size choices, gluten free options and various types of fish species. Innovation is key for many businesses, with fish and chip shops constantly evolving and adding varied and interesting options to their menus.
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