Awards serve up success

Calum Richardson from The Bay Fish and Chips picking up the award for Most successful Product from the 2015 awards (Picture Simon Price)

Calum Richardson from The Bay Fish and Chips picking up the award for Most successful Product from the 2015 awards (Picture Simon Price)

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The Bay Fish and Chips and Six°North Brewery are celebrating wins at the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards this week.

The local businesses both picked up wins in their respective categories proving that Kincardine and Mearns is up with the best of them across the north east.

Organised by Grampian Food Forum, the awards celebrate excellence and innovation in food and drink in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray.

Winners were announced on Thursday, March 24 at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa at a gala dinner. The awards, which are in their 26th year, awarded businesses in ten categories.

Popular chipper The Bay Fish and Chips won in the Most successful product from the 2015 awards for its Premium Bay Batter.

The bespoke Premium Bay Batter is accessible and free of any additives or artificial colourings. It only contains three ingredients; flour, raising agents and salt, and is available for both retail and foodservice use as well as being the only batter that is used at The Bay in Stonehaven.

Calum Richardson, Owner/Chef at The Bay Fish & Chips said: “I am delighted that our bespoke Premium Bay Batter has been recognised by the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards for a second year running. We’ve had a phenomenal year with the production of our batter.

“It has opened up doors to different sectors, business collaborations and opportunities that we only ever dreamt of before.

“Recognition for our batter at this level is a fantastic achievement for everyone behind The Bay and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for us and our delicious batter.”

Six°North Brewery won in the Best young business much to the delight of owner Robert Lindsay, who also organises Stonehaven’s popular Midsummer Beer Happening.

He said: “six°north is delighted to have been named Best Young Business 2016, this is a testament to our continued growth, investment in people and customers. Our team has, and continues to perform at the highest of standards driving our the business forward.”

Sarah Mackie, Scottish Procurement Director for Brakes, led the judging panel, which included Michael Whiteford, Buying Director at ALDI and food blogger Hilary Sturzaker.