The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - DANA AN­DER­SON

THERE is noth­ing fishy about Head Above Wa­ter, the New Nor­folk fish and chip shop nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist in the sec­ond an­nual Aus­tralian Fish and Chips Awards.

The seafood out­let is gear­ing up for a shot at the cov­eted award with its own take on the clas­sic meal.

Store co-owner and man­ager Vaughan Pendle­bury said a good prod­uct de­liv­ered con­sis­tently sep­a­rated the shop from its com­peti­tors.

“I be­lieve some­thing that’s very im­por­tant is us­ing a good-qual­ity prod­uct,” Mr Pendle­bury said. “I also be­lieve in stay­ing con­sis­tent so the cus­tomer is get­ting great fish and chips ev­ery time.”

He ad­mit­ted there was some­thing spe­cial about the shop. “My se­cret is my spe­cial crispy beer bat­ter, but it is def­i­nitely stay­ing a se­cret,” Mr Pendle­bury said.

The fish and chip shops will be rated on five dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria: taste, ser­vice, choice, in­for­ma­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Fish and chips are an Aus­tralian icon,” Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources As­sis­tant Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Anne Rus­ton said.

“It is im­por­tant to recog­nise the suc­cess sto­ries in the seafood in­dus­try.”

A peo­ple’s choice and a judge’s award will be pre­sented in each state, with the na­tional win­ner an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 15.

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