After a long wait we are proud to announce that this years GRAND NATIONAL WINNER is…


A HUGE Congratulation to Richard and Daniel and his team.

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The 2013 Best Chip Competition is out to acknowledge all your hard-work!

After months of deliberation, checking through entry forms, fat testing chips at the lab and mystery judging we finally have our winners.  Both Regional Winners and Highly Commended Awards from each of the six regions, are named below.

Remember – Highly Commended Awards are given to operators whose chips, upon fat testing, contained less than 9% fat. Which means they are doing their bit to follow our Industry Standards.

For this competition participants were required to have a current certificate for the Chip Group Training.  The impact of training was reflected in the lower chip fat content for the  Highly Commended shops (7.8%) compared with 9.9% for the 18 regional finalists winners in the previous 2011 competition.

For those of you who didn’t receive a Highly Commended Award – now’s the time to check the temperature of those vats and make sure you and your staff are shake, banging and hanging. Keep working hard on providing your customers with the best quality and lowest fat chips you can serve, and start practising for the next competition.

A HUGE Congratulations to the following Regional Winners and Highly Commended Awards…

Northshore-Northland Regional Winner

Oceanz Seafood Silverdale

Richard & Daniel Billington

Cnr Hibiscus Coast and East Coast Rd, Silverdale, North Shore.

 Richard said that high quality product and exceptional care of oil were vital to their great product.

“Every chip is different and every batch of chips is different and you have to be aware of that and adjust your cooking methods accordingly,” he said. “Adhering to the Chip Group industry standards is really important. Giving a very good shake and a bang gives much crisper, dryer chips. When they hear the bang customers joke that we are panel beating our chips, but it makes all the difference to the end product.”

Highly Commended Awards

Kippers Takeaways – Melissa Walker – Orewa

The Flaming Onion – Alistair Bingle – Northcote

Northcross Takeaway – Ai Lin Lee – Northcross

Oceanz Seafood Albany – Leah Nepia – Albany

Adriatic Fisheries – Martin Dempster – Whangarei

Ivan’s Takeaways – Muy Lam – Glenfield

Auckland-wide Regional Winner

Greenwoods Fresh Catch

Thomas & Lilian Sug

1 Pah Road, Greenwoods Corner, Epsom, Auckland

Lilian and Thomas Sug said secrets of their Pah Road shop include presenting chips in cardboard trays, rather than wrapping them, to ensure they stay as crisp as possible. Using the highest quality produce, adhering closely to industry standards, meticulous care of oil and exceptional hygiene and customer service standards were also key.

“We put love and care into our cooking and customer service is top,” he said. “For us our customers are like family. We want everyone have to have a great experience and we provide a 100 per cent guarantee with money back if they are not completely satisfied.”

Highly Commended Awards

Westgate Takeaways – Pai Xu – Massey 

Fish Stop – Rose Pettman – Glen Eden

Panmure Fish & Chips – Annie Yang – Panmure

Oceanz Seafood Auckland Fishmarket – Frank Jung – Central Auckland

LJS Sylvia Park – Winston Mahe – Mt Wellington

Fish Pot Café – Derek Drummond – Mission Bay

Kohi Fresh Fish & Takeaways – Pauline Org – Kohimarama

Waikato – Bay of Plenty – Hawkes Bay Regional Winner

Queen Vic Chippy

Amanda Duggan & Bernie Hilbers

85c Victoria Street, Cambridge, Waikato

Amanda said that all staff had undergone the Chip Group online industry training, and using the best produce and being meticulous about oil quality and temperature were key to producing fantastic crisp dry chips.

“We are absolutely passionate about what we do, everyone here gives 100 per cent and this award is a fantastic recognition of that,” she said.

 “I am always in the shop ensuring that every batch of chips is perfect. We also have a 100 per cent guarantee. We want every customer to have a great experience and, if they are not happy, we will provide a replacement meal or a refund.”

Highly Commended Awards

Seafood Bazaar Rototuna – Leah Huang – Hamilton

Happy Snapper ‘n’ Chips – Gay Gibson – Putaruru

Horotiu Food Centre – Wei Na – Hamilton

Welcome Bay Takeaway – David Cao – Tauranga

Pleasant Valley Takeaways – Lena Xie – Tauranga

Halfway House – Kevin McIlroy – Hawkes Bay

Kinloch Store – Paul Jamieson – Taupo

Papamoa Fast Food Domain Takeaway – Crystal Ye – Papamoa

Oceanview Takeaways – Anite He – Papamoa 

DK’s Burger Bar – Sky Peng – Matamata

King Size Buger Bar – Sue Abbott – Rotorua

Corogate Café Thames – Angela Thompson-Hill – Thames

Kiwi Taste – Max Cvitanovich – Miranda

Pirimai Chippy – Prue Hunter – Napier

Manawatu – Taranaki – Wellington Regional Winner

Fish King Takeaways

Gavin and Gwen Ou

26 East Street, Fielding, Manawatu

 Gwen said they were absolutely delighted with the win and put down much of the secret of their success down to their absolute passion for their work.

“We have done the Chip Group training and cook according to the industry standards, including shaking and banking the chip basket, and we only use very high quality chips,’ she said.

“We have an absolute passion for what we do. We love having the shop, cooking really good food for our customers and looking after them really well.

Highly Commended Awards

Corfu Seafoods – Theo Kalantzis – Karori

So Fine Seafoods – Anthony Cho – Lower Hutt, Wellington

Hot Box Takeaways – Palak C. Zavesi – Palmerston North

Nelson – Christchurch Regional Winner

Victory Square Fish & Chips

Ekkehardt & Malia Soo Choon Klinge

176 St Vincent Street, Toi Toi, Nelson

Malia said that there was really no secret to the superb chips apart from adhering “religiously” to the Chip Group industry training.

 “Using only the best quality chips is really important and oil temperature and quality is vital. The frying medium is also all important. We only use really high quality oil and we are meticulous about filtering it daily.”

Highly Commended Awards

Gourmet Seafoods Shirley – Eugene Gillette – Christchurch

Milton Street Takeaway – Clare Fleming – Nelson

Smoove – Hamish Young – Blenheim

Richmond Takeaways – Sophors Huoy – Richmond

The New Funky Fish – Calvert James – Blenheim

Victoria Seafood Bar and Pizzas – The Giai Lu – Rangiora

Codfathers Takeaways – Teresa Daly – Blenheim

Timaru – Southland Regional Winner

The Naked Chip

Rene & Beverley Bullock

45 Shearman St, Waimate

 Rene said that the secret to the perfect chip included adhering closely to Chip Group industry standards, being meticulous about the quality and cleanliness of oil and using only the best quality product.

 “For us the best thing about this award is the chance to highlight how, by using the right oils and the best cooking techniques you can produce a much healthier product,” said Rene.

Highly Commended Awards

Hassall Street Takeaways – Greg Diack – Timaru

Hungry Hound – Brian Oliver – Tapanui Southland

Ric’s Galley – Wayne Cameron – Portobello, Dunedin

Vip’s Minimart – Vipul – Timaru