Today we went to Harrogate for “What’s Cooking 2013” – a trade event run by Henry Colbeck’s – suppliers to fish and chip shops, est. 1893. We met the Chairman and his affable and helpful attitude seems to cascade through the company – and, it seems, through the industry.
We are now back in Shap and rather full of deep fried foods! Lots of samples – some delicious (scampi, hake) some less so. Lots of people telling us what sort of batter, oil, potatoes etc to use. We took the opportunity to learn about sustainable fish supplies and the work of the Marine Stewardship Council. We met people that we have been speaking to overthe past few weeks from the National Federation of Fish Friers and we tested coffee machines. We probably won’t have a coffee machine, but boy, did we need coffee!
The most important thing for us was talking about ranges – the frying machine itself. Three manufacturers were there, we have already spoken to others who weren’t and we are absolutely bamboozled by all the information. But we are learning, and the more we learn the better position we are in to ask the right questions. And once we know what questions to ask we can start getting the information to make the right decisions!
We also have our first stock items: two boxes of wooden chip forks courtesy of the lovely man from Atlantika fish! It’s beginning to feel real…