A Lincolnshire fish and chip shop worker is among the finalists for the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards. Kieran Bulpit, from Linfords chippy in Market Deeping, is among four friers hoping to be crowned in the 2024 awards.
There were initially only three finalists, but the judges said the standards were so high they had to include an additional contender. Andrew Crook, awards organiser and president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, said: “Winning the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year award has proven to be a game-changing moment for many of its previous recipients and this year’s cohort is already demonstrating the kind of skillsmanship you’d expect from those who’ve been in the industry a lot longer.”
The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year category is open to those aged 25 or under, with a minimum of six months’ unsupervised fish frying experience under their belts. The four competitors outshone the other applicants in the three previous rounds, which involved in-depth assessments of their industry knowledge – and how well they could prepare and fry fish.
Lincolnshire’s Kieran will face off against James Ellams, from Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove in Chester, Cheshire, Glen Marshall Morrison from Garioch Fish Bar in Inverurie, Scotland, and fellow Scot Jamie Russo, from Redcloak Fish Bar in Stonehaven.
Kelvin Lee, managing director of awards sponsor Drywite added: “The calibre of young talent coming through the industry is amazing and the four finalists all have the potential to really drive their fish-and-chip careers forward in the future.”
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on February 28.