THE UK’s top chippy now looks as though it may also end up with the country’s top young fish fryer.
Cori Standing, 21, of Kirkgate, Bridlington has spent the last two years working for award-winning Fish & Chips @ 149, on Marton Road, which won the UK’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year in January.
Now Cori has made it through the top five in the 2012 Young Fish Frier of the Year category at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012, run by Seafish, the authority on seafood.
He is one of five to be short-listed making him one of the top five young fish friers in the country.
Cori, who went to Bridlington School, will now go up against four other contenders at the grand final on 17 January 2012, to be held in London.
It is his second time in the contest and last year got down to the last 25. This time he has been praised for his innovation and attention to detail in the workplace.
Cori said: “This has got to be the greatest achievement of my life and I’m incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top five young fish friers in the United Kingdom.
“I love all aspects of the job but I really enjoy getting to know existing and new customers as well as giving them high quality fish and chips.”
His move into the fish frying industry was almost inevitable. As a child he spent hours in and around his father’s various fish and chip shops.
“I was helping out and working from the age of about 10,” said Cori, whose dad Steve Jackson first had a chip shop at South Shore, then in Flamborough, followed by Barmston and finally at Skirlaugh Market, before he left the industry. He now lives in Redruth in Cornwall. “It is something I have always enjoyed doing and it is great to know I work for the UK’s top fish and chip shop,” Cori said.
Fish and Chips @ 149 will not have that accolade for 2012, announced at the same time as the new Young Fish Fryer of the Year, as it has decided not to enter the contest this time around.
“I think they are hoping I win and it carries on through me,” said Cori who believes he is in with a good chance.