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Regional Finalists Named In National Chip Shop Competition

5 September 2011

Regional Finalists Named In National Chip Shop Competition

Eighteen chip shops from around the country have been named as being amongst the country’s best chippies in the 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition.

As regional finalists, the shops are now in the running to take out the top spot in the national Competition which hunts for New Zealand’s tastiest and best quality chips.

The Chip Group Chairperson, Glenda Gourley, said a combination of public text voting, mystery judging and laboratory analysis determined the top 18 shops.

“After the public text voting, the top shops were visited by a mystery judge who assessed them against a range of criteria including: the quality of chips on offer, adherence to key Industry Standards, customer service, and fat and sodium (salt) content of the chips.”

In order to participate in the Competition, chip shops had to have completed The Chip Group’s online training which teaches operators how to cook chips according to the Industry Standards.

“These guidelines cover chip size, oil temperature, cooking/deep-frying, basket drainage, oil maintenance, filtering and cleaning, salt, frying oils and chip portion size. By completing the training, shops are able to serve up healthier chips that consumers also really enjoy.

“A chip sample from each shop was collected by a judge and sent away for analysis at an independent laboratory.”

Glenda said fat analysis is a core component of judging and reflects one of the aims of The Chip Group which is to reduce the level of fat in chips.

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 in October.

The 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition is the country’s only national chip shop competition and this year is supported by: Potatoes New Zealand, The Heart Foundation, McCain Foods, Mr Chips, Bakel’s Edible Oils, Groenz, Food & Beverage Today, Catering Plus and That’s Life.

The 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition Regional Finalists are:

Northland to North Shore Region
OCEANZ SEAFOOD ALBANY5/50 GREVILLE ROAD, ALBANY
OCEANZ SEAFOOD SILVERDALE51 ARKLES STRAND, ARKLES BAY, WHANGAPARAOA
IVAN'S TAKEAWAY575 GLENFIELD ROAD, GLENFIELD, ALBANY
HIGHLY COMMENDED
ADRIATIC FISHERIES - 91 KAMO ROAD, WHANGAREI
KIPPER'S TAKEAWAYS - 292 HIBISCUS COAST HIGHWAY, OREWA
Rest of Auckland Region
BIG J'S TAKEAWAYS4/1 MELTON ROAD, MT WELLINGTON, AUCKLAND
OCEANZ BOTANY DOWNS451 TI RAKAU DRIVE, AUCKLAND
FISH STOP4 GLENDALE ROAD, GLEN EDEN, AUCKLAND
HIGHLY COMMENDED
THE CHIP SHOP - 711 MANUKAU ROAD, ROYAL OAK, AUCKLAND
WESTGATE TAKEAWAYS 579 DON BUCK ROAD, MASSEY, AUCKLAND
Waikato to Hawkes Bay Region
OPPIES TAKEAWAY259 FENTON STREET, ROTORUA
HOT STUFF TAKEAWAYS92 GREAT SOUTH ROAD, NGARUAWAHIA
THE FRYING DUTCHMANNELSON QUAY, AHURIRI, NAPIER
HIGHLY COMMENDED
PIRIMAI CHIPPY - CNR ALLEN BERRY AVE & BILL HERCOCK STREET, PIRIMAI, NAPIER
HALFWAY HOUSE TAKEAWAYS - 130 MAIN ROAD, CLIVE, HAWKES BAY
Manawatu to Wellington Region
SO FINE SEAFOOD2 TENNYSON AVEUNE, AVALON, LOWER HUTT
FISH SPOT THE PLAZASHOP 45B, THE PLAZA, CHURCH STREET, PALMERSTON NORTH
MAC'S FRESH FISH AND CHIPS41 QUEEN STREET, MASTERTON
HIGHLY COMMENDED
FISH - 308 QUEEN STREET, MASTERTON
THE GROPER - 168 BROADWAY NORTH, STRATFORD
Nelson to Christchurch Region
VICTORY SQUARE FISH & CHIPS176 SAINT VINCENT STREET, NELSON
THE SANDS FISH & CHIPSSHOP 1/623 ROCKS ROAD, TAHUNANUI
SEABREEZE CITY TAKEAWAYS51 VANGUARD STREET, NELSON
HIGHLY COMMENDED
CODFATHERS TAKEAWAYS 151 HIGH STREET, BLENHEIM
COOPERS CATCH 9 WESTEND, KAIKOURA
Timaru to Southland Region
HASSALL STREET TAKEAWAYS18 HASSALL STREET, TIMARU
RIC'S GALLEY / PORTOBELLO1 HARINGTON POINT ROAD, DUNEDIN
GOLDEN COBWEBB RESTAURANT55 TARBERT STREET, ALEXANDRA
HIGHLY COMMENDED
MORNINGTON TAKEAWAYS - 3 MAILER STREET, MORNINGTON, DUNEDIN

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