NORTH East Scotland has laid on a big welcome for representatives from five of the UK’s leading fish and chip restaurants as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards.
Organised by Seafish, the educational visit gave the five businesses – all finalists for the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award – the opportunity to have a closer look at the inner workings of Europe’s white fish capital, Peterhead.
The finalists enjoyed a two-day trip to both Peterhead and Aberdeen to learn about the vital supply chain of haddock and cod for the fish frying industry and the wider UK food sector.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, said: ‘Peterhead is one of the UK’s busiest fishing ports and is at the forefront of the Scottish fishing industry – with cod and haddock catches landed in Peterhead in 2016 totalling 28,500 tonnes, representing 35 per cent of UK landings.
‘The focus of the trip was to highlight the wide range of seafood on offer from North East Scotland, encouraging menu diversification and the use of different species in fish and chip shops across the UK.
‘Crucially, the trip also emphasised the socio-economic importance of Peterhead port and the wider impact it has on the overall UK seafood industry.
‘With fish provenance high on the agenda it’s important that our finalists have a strong understanding of responsible and traceable sourcing, and know exactly what it takes to get fresh fish from ‘sea to plate’. This study trip ticks all of those boxes.’
Starting the trip with an early morning visit to the fish market, the finalists explored the daily routine of Europe’s white fish capital, while also learning about the sustainable fisheries management practices followed by the Scottish fishing fleet – advancing their knowledge of the whole fishing and supply process.
The five finalists attending the trip were:
- Craig Blythe, Eric’s Fish & Chips, Thornham, Norfolk
- Martyn Else, Something Else Fishy, Milborne Port, Dorset
- John Molnar, The Cod’s Scallops, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
- Lee Butler, The Pelican, Barnstaple, Devon
- William Herd, Trenchers Restaurant, Whitby, North Yorkshire