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Scotland's magnificent seven chippies in for award glory

Scotland's magnificent seven chippies in for award glory

The Bay in Stonehaven carried off the main prize in 2013.

And Frankie's in Shetland came second in Britain just the following year.

So there is a rich recent legacy when it comes to Scotland's representatives in the National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

This is the industry's equivalent of the Oscars or the Emmys. Competition is fierce and judges arrive on the premises unannounced.

So can anybody match The Bay's achievement and batter the opposition when it matters?

Seven establishments will be determined to do just that after being confirmed on a shortlist on Tuesday.

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The local shops, part of the top 60 shortlisted across the UK, will now vie to become Scotland’s regional winner, placing them in competition to bag the ultimate national title - Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.

The shortlisted shops are: Cameron’s Chip Shop in Stornoway, Cromars in St Andrews, Fochabers Fish Bar in Fochabers and The Trawler in Golspie.

Then there's the Forehill Café in Ayr, Moore’s Fish & Chips in Castle Douglas and The Plaice To Be in Kilmarnock.

via STV via STV

Over the coming weeks, the magnificent seven will be subjected to further judging as they receive mystery shopping assessments by industry experts.

The next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing a UK top 20 which will compete for the prestigious ‘regional’ titles.

Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Seafish, said: “The aim of the awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry to aspire to.

“The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours to receive as a fish and chip business.

"Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including international fame through industry trips overseas, increased shop footfall and turnover and even launching their own products.

via STV via STV

In October, Seafish will announce the top 10 region winning shops competing for the flagship award.

These shops will then be invited on an all-expense paid study trip to Ålesund, Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council, to witness first-hand why the country is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.

Further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards can be found here.

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