Grilled, battered, crumbed—tucking into a delicious serve of fish ’n’ chips is an iconic Australian experience. But who will be crowned as having Australia’s best?
In its third year, kicking off this Easter, the FRDC is excited to be opening votes and hopping nationwide on its quest to uncover Australia’s best fish and chips for 2019.
The awards are a fantastic opportunity to support local businesses as well as educating consumers on the sustainability of the Australian seafood industry and the vast range of seafood options on offer.
Fish & Chips Co. located in Wynnum, won the Judge’s award in 2018. “It was an honour to be voted ‘Judges Choice – Best Fish and Chips in QLD’ for 2018.” Says Demetri Piperides “Winning the award was an amazing experience, we had the honour of representing QLD nationally and received extensive media attention that saw our business experience rapid growth. People travelled from far and wide to come try our humble little shop and fish n chip co is still experiencing that growth to date.
“To have the FRDC raise awareness and place an emphasis on fresh seafood, country of origin labelling and sustainability while shining a spotlight on businesses who put the effort in was just what operators, like myself, needed in this industry”.
Fresh Coral Seafoods in Mudgeeraba took the People’s choice award. Jacqui Kaplanidis says that winning “was a dream come true. It was so lovely to be recognised for the hard work we put in and strive so hard to achieve. We will always be thankful for FRDC for running this amazing competition to showcase small businesses like ourselves.”
The awards will again run across two categories—Judged and People’s Choice. In 2019 however, shops will need to nominate themselves to be judged through an online application process.
The Fish and Chips Awards have also been brought forward to align with the Seafood Industry Awards, which run in conjunction with the biennial Seafood Directions Conference held in Melbourne, where the national winners will be awarded.
Voting will begin across all states and territories on Friday 19 April 2019 and will finish on Friday 31 May 2019.
Photo caption: Fish & Chips Co celebrate their victory
Photo credit: Fish & Chips Co