CHIP IT GOOD
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.