Fish and chips are the ‘Quay’ to awards glory

Stuart Fusco at Quayside
Stuart Fusco at Quayside

A WHITBY fish and chip takeaway is celebrating making it through to the final of this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards 2012 after being named Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip shop of the year for the north east of England.

Quayside, owned by the Fusco family, will now compete against nine other regional winners from across the UK for the title of chip shop of the year, to be announced at a grand final held in London on 17 January.

The Whitby Gazette caught up with the Fusco family at the Quayside restaurant in the wake of a judging visit for yet another award, the fish and chip restaurant of the year prize.

“We’re over the moon,” said Stuart Fusco.

“It’s been a lot of hard work by the staff and family.

“After a busy summer, the award is a great incentive to push our high standards to the next level.

“To be named the best in the region will have a knock-on effect for the whole area, helping to bring in more tourists who’ll travel to Whitby for an award-winning take-away.

“To many, Whitby’s the fish and chip capital of the world.”

Organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood, the take-away award recognises the wealth of quality, value and choice offered by the nation’s much-loved fish and chip shops.

The title has in the past resulted in a sales increase of up to 100% for the winning shop.

Nikki Hawkins, food service and events manager at Seafish, said: “The UK’s fish and chip shops are a national institution, which this award has recognised for the past 24 years.

“This competition has been our fiercest yet with each finalist facing stiff competition.

“The high standards and quality displayed by the UK’s top 10 fish and chip takeaways is testament to the high standards of the industry and committed approach to a sustainable future.”