WA Fish and Chip Shops Contend for National Title – ‘The Best’
The Minister for Fisheries, The Hon. Dave Kelly, knows that fish from the west, is best and wants a WA fish and chip shop to take home first prize in this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards. But in order to win the national title that recognises top-notch fish and chips, he is urging all Western Australians to get behind their favourite shop and cast a vote.
“What makes our fish and chips standout from other places around Australia and the world is our high-quality and sustainable fisheries that produce delicious seafood.”
“There really is no doubt in my mind that fish from the west is best, so I’d encourage all Western Australians to support their local fish and chip shop, and WA fishing jobs, by casting a vote in this year’s National Fish and Chips Awards,” he said.
Minister Kelly endorsed WA’s sustainable fisheries at a media event earlier this month, which included enjoying a taste of local seafood. On display was Western Australian seafood including; goldband snapper with chips, paprika spiced fried white bait from Geographe Bay and grilled sardines with tomato salsa on croutons.
The competition which is in its second year, is coordinated by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) in partnership with the State and Territory fishing industry councils.
Fish and chips from across the state are pulling out all sorts of tricks, and treats, to get noticed. Hooked on Middleton in Albany are conducting their own ‘scratch and win’ competition – where everyone is a winner, South Beach Fish and Chips in Fremantle commissioned a mural of an octopus pearl diver on their outside wall by artist ‘artbyd3stroy’ and Tankk Gourmet in Winthrop gives out free slushies while patrons wait for their fresh fish and chips.
WA is in the running to take home the prestigious people’s and/or judges choice award with former state champion and national runner-up, Ocean and Paddock, currently residing fourth on the National Ladder.
In total 300 WA businesses are in the competition, which includes eight West Aussie fish and chip shops sitting in the top 30.
The awards act to recognise the country’s best fish and chip shop using sustainably managed produce. They are also an important reminder to encourage Australian seafood consumers to support their local fish and chip business – who support jobs and the economy.
Shops are vying for two awards, people’s choice and judged fish and chips. Votes are gathered from customers and judges from around Australia who give points to stores based on quality, taste, service, labelling and information on the seafood sold.
With only two weeks to go, don’t miss this oppo-tuna-ty. Cast your vote today for your favourite local by visiting www.fishandchipsawards.com.au/vote