THE VOTES are in for the only regional democratic process that really matters, the Gazette Chip Shop Challenge, and the four finalists can now be announced.
Gazette readers voted in their droves and the finalists, who will now go into a “fry-off” to decide the overall winner, are: Mister Chips and Riverside Fisheries, both on Church Street, Silver Street Fisheries and Mariondale Fisheries in Robin Hood’s Bay.
The four fisheries will now go into the grand final, where they must fry up their finest produce and rush it to the Whitby Gazette office on Bridge Street for a set time.
An elite panel of dignities including representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire, and even a New York Times food critic, will lie in wait, ready to sample their goods.
The prestigious Chip Shop Challenge was last awarded in 2008 during the Coastal Flavours of Whitby event, when Riverside Fisheries scooped the prize after being judged by celebrity chef Ed Baines.
The Gazette Chippy of the year has been awarded three times previously, twice to Riverside Fisheries and once to Mr Chips, although this time the bookies favourite is Silver Street Fisheries, while dark horse Mariondale could well take the prize back to Robin Hood’s Bay.
The Whitby Gazette will contact the finalists in the next month with a view to arranging the final.
Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite fish and chip shop.
Janet Deacon, Area Director at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Whitby is renowned for dishing up some of the best fish and chips in Britain and it’s a key part of the town’s heritage for which we are very proud.
“Congratulations to the finalists and may the best chippy win!”