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​Meet the Top 10 Contenders for Employee of the Year

​Meet the Top 10 Contenders for Employee of the Year

Posted by Emily on 27th Nov 2023

In the world of fish and chips, excellence knows no bounds, and the competition is heating up as we unveil the top 10 contenders for the coveted title of Employee of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards. This distinguished category shines a spotlight on the unsung heroes who have made remarkable contributions to their establishments, elevating the fish and chip experience for diners across the UK.

Over the past few months, the fish and chip community has come together to nominate outstanding colleagues and peers who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and expertise. From this pool of outstanding talent, ten individuals have emerged, capturing the discerning eyes of our expert panel. These nominees have been rigorously assessed on their industry knowledge, work ethic, and their ability to deliver impeccable customer service, among other criteria.

This award not only recognises the outstanding efforts of these individuals but also underscores the vital role of small businesses in local communities. Employers' investment in skills development has proven instrumental in enhancing the overall dining experience for fish and chip fans while nurturing the career growth of their dedicated team members.


Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers and the awards organiser, aptly summarises the sentiment, saying, "The greatest asset any chip shop, or business, could ever have is its people, and we have received a fantastic number of nominations for individuals who are setting the bar sky high and blazing a trail for others. It's truly exciting to witness the passion these professionals have for the industry, and how deeply they value their careers, as well as the customers they serve."

Now, it's time to meet the outstanding ten chip shop employees who have earned their spot in the race for the prestigious Employee of the Year award (not in order):

  1. Donna Whitfield – Bells Fish & Chips, Durham
  2. Liam Williams – Jennyfield Fisheries, Harrogate
  3. Joanne Newman – Towngate Fisheries, Bradford
  4. Jamie Toland – Taylors, Stockport
  5. Seyed Mirabedini – Bishopston Fish and Chips
  6. Jonathan Ciardini – Rickys, Southbourne
  7. Zak Bishop – Squires Fish Restaurant & Take Away, Braunton
  8. James Astles – Pier Point Bar & Restaurant, Torquay
  9. Mary Carpenter – Fish Kitchen 1854, Maesycwmmer
  10. Keira Copeland – Garioch Fish Bar, Inverurie

As we applaud these exceptional individuals, we invite you, our valued readers, to share your thoughts and encouragement in the comments below. Let us celebrate excellence together and show our support for these outstanding contributors to the world of fish and chips.