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The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven has collected another prestigious award. On Tuesday it was crowned the best fish and chip shop in Scotland for the second year running as part of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2013, organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood.

Owner Calum Richardson will now compete against nine of the UK’s best fish and chip shops for the coveted Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award which will be announced at a glitzy evening awards ceremony in London on January 24 at London’s Lancaster Hotel.

The ten finalists are the result of an arduous judging process which included the shops having an unannounced visit from industry judges. Shops were assessed on a variety of judging criteria including: product quality, food preparation procedures, commitment to customer service, staff training and development, marketing and promotional activity and their approach to sustainable sourcing.

Calum Richardson expressed his delight at being recognised as the best independent takeaway fish and chip shop in Scotland. He said: “We are over the moon to be crowned best in Scotland for the second time and extremely thankful that all our hard work has paid off. We work hard to create a positive message around the seafood industry and keep the shop’s profile up. We’ll now be planning hard for our presentation to the judges in January and keeping our fingers crossed – we might just make it as the national winners.”

Calum and his wife Lindsay are no strangers to the National Fish & Chip Awards, since both have been crowned Young Fish Frier of the Year on several occasions.

The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award recognises the quality, value and choice offered by the nation’s favourite independent fish and chip shops.

In early October, as guests of the Norwegian Seafood Council, the 10 regional winners will enjoy a three day educational trip to Norway. The finalists will learn how Norway’s fishing industry manages its sustainable fisheries.