Shap Chippy has retained its place alongside the fish frying elite from across the UK, by maintaining the prestigious NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award.
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.
Shap Chippy, who won the Best Newcomer Fish and Chip Shop at this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards have achieved the Quality Award for the second time.
Shap Chippy owners Georgina Perkins and Jo Hampson said “When we achieved the Quality Award within 6 months of opening we were delighted. It is no less important the second time around. We strive to give our customers the best food and service that we can – working towards the Quality Award Standard ensures that we focus on all the little details that lead to a great meal of fish and chips! We hope It shows our customers that we care about the food we source, how we prepare, cook and offer it – whether people have popped in for a takeaway or to sit in our restaurant.”
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.
To qualify, each shop has to go through an 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.
NFFF President Gregg Howard explained: “The NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award assessment is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other important aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.
“Shap Chippy clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Gregg. “Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”
This award sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry. It will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.
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.
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