Determined to keep our standards up we once again submitted ourselves to the rigours of an inspection by the National Federation of Fish Friers.
The inspect EVERYTHING! We panic, then realise we are by and large OK, check that the plasters in our first aid kit are not out of date and the bulb has been changed in the purple fly-killer and away we go… Here’s the press release the NFFF put out, and the report that appeared in the good old Cumbria Life Magazine!
A big thank you to our staff and to our customers for always keeping us on our toes…
Shap Chippy maintained is place with the fish frying elite from across the UK, by maintaining the prestigious NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.
Shap Chippy owners Georgina Perkins and Jo Hampson said “We are very pleased to receive this prestigious award. To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for their continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation. The transformation within the three years since we first opened has been amazing.
The award doesn’t just represent the fish and chips we produce, but also the hard work and high quality produce our local suppliers provide us to work with.”
The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.
To qualify, each shop has to go through an inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.
NFFF President Andrew Crook explained: “The NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award assessment is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.
“Shap Chippy clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Andrew. “Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”
This award sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry. It will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.
Each Fish and Chip Quality Award is valid for two years and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.