Competition hots up for trio of chip shops

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FIRST “plaice” in a national chip shop competition is still in sight for one of three local businesses.

Fryz, in the Bretton Centre, Bretton, Peterborough, and Market Deeping’s The Boundary, in High Street, and Linfords, in Market Place, have scooped the top three spots in the regional finals of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012.

Rob Brownlee, who owns Fryz in Bretton with wife Caroline and has a PHD in applied mathematics, said the secret to success is their “scientific approach” to cooking and staff training.

He said: “Batter. The number one mistake people make is to make it too thick. Ours is thin, light, crispy and natural.

“Fish and chips is the least processed fast food available.

“He added: There’s nothing artificial to it at all, just potatoes and fish in batter.

“And it helps that the best spuds in the country are grown in Cambridgeshire.

“We also have our own views and targets on sustainability, for example, spreading the mix of fish we use across the species.”

Paul Linford, who has run the family chip shop with his wife Pat for the last 22 years, said the secret to producing award-winning fish and chips came down to consistency.

He said: “We have three generations of fish friers in our family.

So our batter recipe has been handed down through the generations which helps make the fish one of the best in the area.”

No one was available from The Boundary to comment.

A mystery chip connoisseur will eat at all three chip shops by the end of September. .

The chip shop that wins out in the East of England will go on to the grand national final, with the award ceremony taking place in London in January 2012.