Fish and trips for chip shops
BANICO Zeniou from Fylde Fish Bar in Southport has been taken to Norway to learn about the coutnry’s fish.
The Norwegian Seafood Council took him to the western shores on an educational study trip to showcase its cod and haddock - two of the most popular fish used by British chip shops.
He joined representatives from eight other shops - all in the running to be crowned the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year - as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Award organised by Seafish,
They visited the port city of Ålesund to learn about one of the largest sustainable cod and haddock stocks in the world.
The once-in-a-lifetime trip gave finalists the opportunity to learn about the vital supply chain of frozen at sea whitefish.
Norway has been supplying this “white gold” to the UK for almost 70 years, accounting for more than 20% and 30% of our annual cod and haddock consumption respectively.
The finalists stepped aboard the Geir II – one of the newest longline fishing vessels in the world.
They journeyed out on the cold, clear Norwegian waters and uncovered the science behind the country’s sustainable fisheries management program while witnessing the entire fishing process; from baiting and “shooting” the lines, to processing and freezing at sea.
Returning to land, finalists had a chance to exchange knowledge with top Norwegian chefs; sharing the background and history of the British tradition of fish and chips, while learning traditional cured Nordic cod recipes with lutefisk and bacalao at The Klippfisk Academy cookery school.
Hans Frode Kielland Asmyhr, UK director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: “Fish and chips continues to be one of the nation’s favourite dishes; it goes as far to say that if Brits moved abroad the dish would be pinedfor most, alongside the British countryside, pubs and cups of tea.
“This addiction has easily helped the UK become one of the world’s biggest markets for both cod and haddock.
“But with UK demand for cod and haddock outweighing North Sea supplies, the UK must also rely on imports to keep these delicious whitefish on the nation’s menus.”
The winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards ceremony in London in the new year on January 25.
The chip shop representatives and their hosts on board Geir II