Bay’s Paul now has his eyes on the fries

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Paul Gunn of The Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven has been named as one of the UK’s top ten young fish friers in the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

Shortlisted as semi-finalists, as part of the awards which are widely considered as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry, Paul will now compete at the highest level as he goes up against the nine other contenders and vies for the top title - Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award.

To get to this stage and secure a place in the coveted shortlist, the young friers have faced a rigorous judging process, undergoing exam questionnaires and in-depth telephone interviews conducted by senior industry experts.

Over the coming weeks, they will be subjected to further appraisal as they receive a skills-based assessment and undergo a personal interview during a comprehensive judging day at the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Training School in Leeds.

This next stage of the competition will whittle down the shortlist, establishing the five finalists who will compete to be crowned the 2017 champion.

The overall national winner will be announced on January 26, 2017 at the National Fish & Chip Awards annual ceremony in London.

Briar Wilkinson, sales director at Drywite Ltd, said: “Once again the standard of this year’s entries has been exceptionally high. It is encouraging to see that so many young friers are passionate about our industry.”