By Jason Holland, Contributing Editor reporting from London
Published on Friday, December 02, 2011
The finalists of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2012’s Good Catch Award for Sustainability have been named, with The Bay in Stonehaven, Harbour Lights in Falmouth, and Frankie’s in Brae set to battle it out for the national title.
Each year, the Good Catch Award honors those in the fish-and-chip shop industry who have made the greatest changes and contribution to sustainable seafood sourcing.
“The dedication of these shops to sustainability and the hard work they have put in — both in their seafood and in their entries to this year’s competition — shows how important sustainable sourcing is to them all,” said Emily Howgate of SeaWeb’s Seafood Choices, one of the award sponsors. “Sustainable sourcing has never been more important, and their passion for sustainable seafood and their creativity in taking that to their customers puts them at the cutting edge of the industry.”
For The Bay in Stonehaven, the award is cause for double celebration after it was also named Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2012 in Scotland.
“I’m delighted to have reached the final as all the staff have worked incredibly hard to convey our sustainable message and it’s been a priority of The Bay for a long time,” said Calum Richardson of The Bay.
The awards are run by industry group Seafish, and the overall winners will be announced in London on 17 January.
With more than 250 million fish-and-chip meals sold each year from more than 10,500 shops across the UK, fish and chips remains the nation’s favorite takeaway. Devotees can tuck into their fish and chips knowing that they contain 36 percent less calories than a chicken korma and pilau rice, and 42 percent less fat than a doner kebab with pita and salad. Recent studies also showed that fish and chips had the lowest salt content of all the takeaways tested.