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Regional Finalists Named In Chip Shop Competition

31 October 2008

Regional Finalists Named In That’s Life Best Chip Shop Competition

Over 80 chip shops from around the country have been recognised as the nation’s top chip shops, after being named regional finalists in the That’s Life! Best Chip Shop Competition 2008.

The top shops vied against more than 400 chippies from around the country to be named regional finalists in the Competition which hunts for New Zealand’s healthiest, tastiest and crispiest chips.

As regional finalists, the shops are now in the running to take out the top spot in the national Competition.

The Chip Group Chairperson, Glenda Gourley, said public text voting initially determined the top 20 shops in each of the six competing regions around the country.

“During October, the top shops were visited by mystery judges. This year, judges were on the lookout for shops that were following the recently launched ‘New Zealand Standards for Deep Fried Chips in Independent Fast Food Outlets’. Other areas to come under the judges’ scrutiny were: chip freshness and colour, shop cleanliness and customer service.

“A chip sample from each shop was sent away for fat analysis, and only those containing a fat level of less than 11 percent made the grade,” Glenda said.

Heart Foundation nutritionist, Judith Morley-John, said the fat analysis component of judging reflects just one of the aims of the Chip Group.

“The Group has been working together to lower the fat content of New Zealand’s favourite takeaway for a decade. If chip shops follow the industry Standards, shops can reduce the fat in chips by as much as 20 percent.

“The Standards include: using thick, straight-cut chips, which absorb less fat than crinkle-cuts or shoestrings; cooking at 175 -180°C and, draining the cooked chips correctly – commonly referred to as the ‘shake, bang and hang’ method.

“This year the average fat content of all regional finalists decreased to 8.38 percent compared to last year’s average for the regional finalists of 8.87 percent. This confirms that the healthy frying message is getting through.”

With the Competition almost complete, judges are now deliberating on who the six regional winners and overall grand national winner will be. Details are expected to be announced on 14 November.

The ‘That’s Life! Best Chip Shop Competition 2008’ is the country’s only national chip shop competition and this year is supported by: That’s Life!, ‘Goodman Fielder’, ‘Huhtamaki’, ‘Bakels’, ‘Burns & Ferrall’, Food2Go Magazine, McCain Foods (NZ) Ltd, ‘Moffat’, ‘Mr Chips’, ’Potatoes NZ, ‘Premo Filtration’, Southern Hospitality, ‘Kauri’, ‘Alfa One’, ‘Eurotech’ ‘Burns & Ferrall’, ‘Groenz’ and, ‘The Heart Foundation’.

(Results listed below are in no particular order)

Regional Finalists:

Northland to North Shore Region
Kippers 292 Main Highway, Orewa
Stumpys Takeaways 121 Riverside Drive, Whangarei
Mangawhai Blue Marlin Takeaways Shop 3, Moir Street, Mangawhai
Ripples Café on the Marina 621 Laurie Southwick Parade, Whangaparaoa
Twilight Zone Paihia Marsden Road – Traders Mall, Paihia
Northcross Takeaway 4/178 Carlisle Road, Northcross
Ivans Takeaways 575 Glenfield Road, Glenfield
Oceanz Albany 50 Greville Road, Albany
The Codfather 84 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead
Grand Takeaway 4/70 Grand Drive, Orewa
Adriatic Takeaway 91 Kamo Road, Whangarei
Fresh & Tasty Takeaways Water Front Drive, Mangonui
Otaika Takeaways Otaika Shopping Centre, Whangarei
Calypso Takeaways 98 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Fishy Business 71A Lake Road, Devonport

Rest of Auckland Region
The Chip Shop 711 Manukau Road, Royal Oak
Ren Sun Takeaways 2/5 Harris Road, Mt Wellington
Oceanz Seafood Markets 451 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs
Westgate Takeaways 579 Don Buck Road, Massey
Pizza Lovers 262b Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay
Diamond Takeaways 166 Great South Road, Remuera
Meadowbank Takeaway 121 Meadowbank Road, Meadowbank
Suzy’s Quality Fish and Chips 40/30 Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe
Fish King 10 Moore Street, Howick
Fush Glen Eden 4 Glendale Road, Glen Eden
White Horse Takeaway 543 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Garrison Takeaways 118a Old Wairoa Road, Papakura
B&F Halsey Road Takeaways 44b Halsey Road, Manurewa
Toby Seafoods Massey Shop 4, 2 Triangle Road, Massey
Oneroa Fish & Chips 39 Waikare Road, Oneroa

Waikato to Hawkes Bay Region
The Frying Dutchman Main Rd, Hastings District
Chish & Fips 33 Gloucester Street, Napier
Oppie’s Fish & Chips 259 Fenton Street, Rotorua
Seafood on the Beach 43 Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth
Welcome Bay Takeaway Shop 11, 248 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga
KB Chips 701 Port Road, Whangamata
Showgrounds Takeaways 797 Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton
LA Palomas Takeaway 319 Pollen Street, Thames
George’s Fisheries 40 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui
GATE PA FISH’N’CHIPS 969 Cameron Road, Tauranga
KY Fast Foods 163 Taharepa Road, Taupo
Sheffs Takeaway 714 Grey Street, Rotorua
Ma’s Kitchen & Takeaway 4/155 Hazelmere Crescent, Te Awamutu
Hawkes Bay Seafoods Cnr Pandjra Road and West Quay, Hawke’s Bay
Silverdale Takeaway Silverdale Road, Hamilton

Manawatu to Wellington Region
So Fine Foods 2 Tennyson Ave, Lower Hutt
Wellington Trawlink 220 Cuba Street, Wellington
FISH 308 Queen Street, Masterton
Fish Spot 47 Vogel St, Manawatu-Wanganui
Fish King 26 East Street, Feilding
Annie's Fastfood 166 Featherston Street, Palmerston North
Mac's Fresh Fish & Chips 41 Queen Street, Masterton
Raumati Fish supply 344 Rosetta Road, Wellington
Maclean Street Fish Supply 6 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu
Fishtown Takeaways 392 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Tokomaru Store & Takeaways 2 Tokomaru Road, Tokomaru
Andrew St Takeaway Crn Andrew & North St, Feilding
Blue Island Seafood 131 Randwick Road, Lower Hutt
Ocean Blue Seafoods 812 High Street, Lower Hutt
Phat Fries 712 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Nelson to Christchurch Region
The Funky Fish 1 Moran Street, Blenheim
Lyttelton Fisheries 38 London Street, Lyttelton
Victoria Seafood Bar & Pizza 96 Victoria Street, Rangiora
Captain Mikes Ltd 4b Conical Hill Road, North Canterbury
Waikuku Beach General Store 54 Park Terrace, Rangiora
Darfield Takeaways 53b South Terrace, Canterbury
The Akaroa Fish & Chips Shop 59 Beach Road, Akaroa
Cossar Street Takeaways Ltd 1a Cossar Street, Christchurch
Cashmere Seafood 4a Cashmere Road, Christchurch
Hokitika Seafood Centre 12 Revell Street, Hokitika
Creek Road Food Bar 53 Creek Road, Ashburton
Haven Fish & Chips 268 Wakefield Quay, Nelson
Four J’s Takeaway 406 Main South Road, Paroa
Bay Takeaway 46a Commercial Street, Takaka
Renwick Takeaways 70 High Street, Renwick

Timaru to Southland Region

Mornington Takeaway 3 Mailer Street ,Dunedin
Waihola Fresh Fish Main Rd, Waihola
Willowbank Takeaway 995 George Street, Dunedin
Choies 118 Gordon Rd, Mosgiel
Glenwood Takeaways 274 Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Herbert St Takeaway 122 Herbert St, Timaru
B G's Dairy & Takeaway 386 Thames Hwy, Omaru
New Mosgiel Fish Supply 413 Factory Rd, Mosgiel
Surry Park Takeaways 2006 404 Yarrow Street, Invercargill
Turning Tides 836 Brigton Road, Dunedin
Lee's Burger Bar 6B Factory Rd, Mosgiel
Jollys Road Foodcentre Jollys Road, Cromwell
Aggy shack Cnr Church Lane and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Otipua takeways 110 Otipua Road, Timaru
Oscar's 87 Centennial Ave


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