Top award for take away

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A HUS­BAND and wife duo from Bar­well were hailed the na­tion’s best chefs.

Strad and Gina Kyr­i­a­cou of Chris’s Fish and Chips were elated to win Best Take­away Chef in Bri­tain at the British Take­away Awards.

The pair an­nounced they had bagged the prize in a post on the chippy’s Face­book page.

It said: “What an amaz­ing night at The Savoy Palace, to have our award pre­sented to us by David Wal­liams was just bril­liant.

“Bring­ing back the tro­phy and ti­tle of Best Chef in Bri­tain to Bar­well will be an hon­our.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one, love you all.”

More than 80 peo­ple com­mented be­low the post to say con­grat­u­la­tions.

Sylvia Ward said: “So well de­served and won­der­ful for the peo­ple of Bar­well and Earl Shilton and fur­ther afield that al­ways sup­port you.”

Kate Pitt com­mented: “You both de­serve it along with your staff.

“Bril­liant chippy and your chicken ke­babs are a favourite in our house.”

The top chip shop uses 99 per cent re­cy­clable and biodegrad­able pack­ag­ing and do­nates all its left­overs.

All in­gre­di­ents are lo­cally sourced in­clud­ing MSC (Ma­rine Ste­ward­ship Coun­cil) sus­tain­able fish and they avoid us­ing palm oil.

Strad and Gina make their own bat­ter and of­fer cus­tomers the choice to have their fish bat­tered, plain or grilled.

They also add sea­sonal items to the menu such as a Cran­berry and Brandy Bat­ter at Christ­mas as well as lesser known fish va­ri­eties.

The shop re­cently started of­fer­ing food­bank vouch­ers to pro­vide hot meals for those in need.

The vouch­ers are valid for a week at a time with a set menu for peo­ple to choose from.

They are lim­ited to those within a two-mile ra­dius of the shop or for oth­ers who can get ac­cess to the shop.

The culi­nary cou­ple’s tal­ents ex­tend to singing on the X Fac­tor, which fea­tured them in ac­tion dur­ing the Just Eat-spon­sored ad breaks on the ITV show.

They sang Hun­gry like the Wolf by Du­ran Du­ran and Next to Me by Emeli Sandé.

Strad and Gina Kyr­i­a­cou of Chris’s Fish and Chips Bar­well won Best Take­away Chef in Bri­tain at the British Take­away Awards.

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