Fish and chips celebrate 150 years as one of Britain’s most loved traditional dishes this year, and a local man, Craig Buckley from South Cheshire, has won the 2011 Young Fish Frier of the Year award after only one year in business.
24-year-old Craig, who runs the Crewe Fish Bar, was recognised for his work at the National Fish & Chip Awards which were hosted by famous food critic Jay Rayner. The awards recognise business achievement as well as the quality of the fish and chips, and is organised by Seafish.
He has put his success down to his secret recipes and a great deal of attention to detail. The award was given after a series of tastings and tests of the fish and chips, including a ‘batter-off’ against the other competitors.
Craig left school with ‘A’ levels in business studies, law and economics, but rather than go on to college or university he decided that he wanted to start his career straight away.
He told BBC Radio Stoke that he decided to start his own fish and chip shop after helping out part-time at his friend’s shop.
He believes that the reason his customers keep coming back is because of his meticulous attention to detail and secret gravy and curry recipes. Following his success at the awards, Craig now plans to expand his business.